Tag: law

Blog Posts (21)

July 31, 2012

Patenting (part of) the brain?

I have recently become aware of the news that a company has patented regional brain responses to “appeal” and “engagement”. Through the scarcity of the material presented, it is really hard to get an idea of what the patent really entails. But from the sound of it, we are suggested that the patent is about […]
June 29, 2012

The Stem Cell Hope and Our Indefinitely Delayed Future

Alice Park’s new book The Stem Cell Hope, convinced me it is time to retire, “Where is my jetpack!?” once and for all. After reading her new book, Park will have you screaming, “Where are my stem cells?” from every rooftop.

Jetpacks are a puerile toy that we all know would be impractical, deadly, [...]

June 28, 2012

Forcing Patients Into the Hands of Fools

A reader commenting on a home birthing thread on Andrew Sullivan’s the Dish sums up how medical regulations can fail better than I’ve heard before:

The tragedy to me in this whole story is that once again a medical debate is being left to the extremes. Screams of “death panels!” drowned out any fair [...]

February 15, 2011

Eugenic or Not, Sterilization Makes Sense for "P"

The current case before a British judge as to whether a mentally disabled woman identified only as “P” should be sterilized has raised the ire of medical ethicists and the disability community.…

March 19, 2010

March Issue of AJOB is Now Online!

Trans fat bans, peer recruitment for human subjects research, and the clash of culture versus the rights of physicians are the featured issues in this month’s issue of The American Journal of Bioethics.…

March 18, 2010

Trans Fats Today. Hot Dogs Tomorrow?

Will banning artificial trans fats today effect your ability to have a hot dog tomorrow?

On the The Bioethics Channel, Lorell LaBoube seeks an answer from David Resnik, a bioethicist and IRB chair for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health.…

June 16, 2009

Botched Prenatal Test = Botched Knee Surgery? I Don't Think So.

But if you as Susan Wolf, professor at the University of Minnesota, she would tell you that suing for one screwed up procedure is no different than suing for another.…

April 15, 2009

When Donor Sperm Goes Bad...

A federal court has ruled that a sperm bank can be held responsible for a poor genetic outcome as a result of conceiving a child with donor sperm, reports the WSJ Health Blog.…

February 9, 2009

Don't Look Now....But Do.

Today, I am ashamed to say that I was born a Hoosier. The state of Indiana, as well as Texas, Nebraska, and 8 other states are attempting to pass laws that would require ultrasounds prior to performing abortions, says USA Today.…

October 28, 2008

And You Thought Electric Chairs Were Cruel and Inhuman

Oxford University’s Practical Bioethics Blog informs us that the tools of eugenics are alive and well in Europe–but for an entirely new reason all together.…