Blog Posts (54)
February 3, 2016
by Bela Fishbeyn, M.S.
In this month’s issue of AJOB, Howard Minkoff and Mary Faith Marshall argue that we ought to acknowledge the inherent complexity and personal nature of risks involved in childbirth, and thus defer, when possible, to the decisions made by autonomous mothers-to-be.…
January 13, 2016
by David Magnus, PhD and Norm Rizk, MD
This issue’s target article by Kirby (2016) raises an incredibly important and challenging set of issues: Whether, when, and how should limits be placed on patient access to intensive medical care?…
December 4, 2015
by Christopher Thomas Scott
In April 2015 a team of Chinese scientists reported in a little known journal, Protein & Cell, the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to cleave and then repair the HBB gene in nonviable human embryos.…
April 30, 2015
The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB) is delighted to announce two new additions to its esteemed Editorial Team.
John Lantos, Associate Editor
John Lantos, MD, is Director of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Bioethics Center in Kansas City. …
June 29, 2012
The 2011 Reuters/ISI/Thomson Journal Citation Index has been released, and we are proud to announce that The American Journal of Bioethics continues its record of being the most cited journal in all categories in which it is ranked with an impact factor score of 4.083. …
June 15, 2012
We are happy to share that AJOB’s July issue (a few weeks ahead of schedule) is now available online on bioethics.net and here.…
May 14, 2012
It has been implied by Carl Elliott and William Heisel that it has ever been claimed that “financial links between the Center for Practical Bioethics, AJOB and Purdue Pharma” exist and that “what reporters may find is that the center is tied up” with AJOB. …
April 13, 2012
Bioethics is increasingly behaving like a Fight Club. Countless scholars wage war in the comment sections on blogs and news stories.…
March 15, 2012
The American Journal of Bioethics is proud to announce that its March issue, a special issue discussing issues related to lying in medicine, is now available online.…
March 5, 2012
We are also pleased to announce that Daniel S. Goldberg of East Carolina University has joined our editorial group as book review editor.…
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July 27, 2012 6:15 pm
The visual comparisons are hardly conclusive—neither are her race times. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, according to critics of testosterone testing, who say that there’s been precious little research done on how the hormone actually affects female athletes. “These policies are based more on folklore than precise science,” says socio-medical scientist Rebecca Jordan-Young, the author of Brain Storm: the Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences and an author of a paper that criticized testosterone testing recently published by the American Journal of Bioethics.
June 19, 2012 11:45 am
With nearly 100,000 Americans needing donor kidneys and a typical wait of three to five years, transplant surgeons and some bioethicists are proposing easing the rules—extending the live donor category to expand to include “emotionally related” donors… The most controversial proposal, by an associate professor of surgery at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, suggests that doctors not wait until donors are actually brain dead to remove their kidneys. In an article published in theAmerican Journal of Bioethics, Paul Morrissey argues for rule changes that would allow doctors to anesthetize and harvest organs from severely brain-injured patients who are, according to the prevailing definition, still alive.
June 6, 2012 11:59 pm
The severe shortage of viable organs for transplantation in the U.S. has led a transplant surgeon to propose harvesting kidneys from people who are not dead yet. Dr. Paul Morrissey, an associate professor of surgery at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, wrote in The American Journal of Bioethics that the protocol known as donation after cardiac death — meaning death as a result of irreversible damage to the cardiovascular system — has increased the number of organs available for transplant, but has a number of limitations, including the need to wait until the heart stops.
May 5, 2012 8:50 am
According to a study in The American Journal of Bioethics, physicians and patients need assistance in order to deal with complex moral issues.
April 13, 2012 11:27 am
Another controversial utilitarian proposal has popped up in the April issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. Two bioethicists contend that some parents are morally obligated to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis to create a healthy baby.
March 9, 2012 2:55 pm
Loyola University‘s Kayhan Parsi says the host of Comedy Central‘s“The Daily Show” has become “our greatest public intellectual,” echoing comments he wrote in a recent issue of The American Journal of Bioethics. Perhaps anticipating the reaction, Parsi then added in that piece, “This is no joke.” #bioethics #comedy #jonstewart