Tag: research

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April 11, 2014

What Price Immortality? Privately Funded Projects and the Prolongation of Life

By Richard Koo, Bioethics Program Alum (MS Bioethics 2011) and Adjunct Faculty Seemingly ripped from the covers of comic books, no less than three privately funded projects seeking the prolongation of human life have been publicized in the past year. The 2045 Initiative, dubbed “the Avatar Project”, is arguably the most futuristic and non-traditional of the […]
April 4, 2014

Whose Business Is It If You Want a Bee To Sting Your Penis? Should IRBs Be Policing Self-Experimentation?

by Michelle Meyer, Bioethics Program Faculty. You might think that the answer to the titular question is pretty obvious. Obviously, it’s your business, and yours alone if you want to induce a bee to sting your penis? Right? I mean, sure, maybe it would be considerate to discuss the potential ramifications of this activity with your partner. […]
August 9, 2011

Icarus’ Folly: On the Need to Steward Neuroscientific Information…”Out of the Lab and into the Public Sphere”

The employment of basic neuroscientific research (what are known in government parlance as “6.1 Level” studies) in translational development (so-called “6.2 Level” work) and test and evaluation applications (“6.3 Level” uses) is not always a straightforward sequence of events.  There … Continue reading
June 6, 2011

The (In)Justice of Cancer Treatment

It is striking the juxtaposition of the two major headlines today regarding cancer treatment:

Cancer costs put treatments out of reach for many

Drug to treat breast cancer may help prevent it“.…

September 13, 2010

Guinea-Pigging: It's Not A Real Word, But It's A Real-World Phenomenon

Watch to see the story of “The Life of a Professional Guinea Pig” courtesy of TIME.

Spencer, or as I would describe him a walking human pin cushion (shown below), tells his story of being a healthy volunteer for Phase I research.…

August 4, 2010

Could (or Should) Bioethicists Prevent These 14 Inevitable Scientific Breakthroughs from Changing The World?

For just a little levity on a Wednesday, click on this link at Cracked.com to see their reader’s picks for the 14 Inevitable Scientific Breakthroughs The World Will Regret!…

February 4, 2010

Caplan: Zealot's Bad Study Leads Autism Community Astray for A Decade

As Arthur Caplan tells us in this week’s MSNBC column, one bad study and a zealot’s pursuit of a theory can lead an entire movement and entire generation of parents astray.…

January 25, 2010

"Extraordinary Messiness"

Hollywood has taken up orphan diseases before–remember “Lorenzo’s Oil”? And bioethics movies generally have been increasingly common, even just in the last year.…

October 14, 2009

Is Nanotechnology the Key to Happiness?

Nanotechnology has been called a great many things–the great leveler, the panacea to all that ails the world, the technology that will allow us to solve all of our problems from world hunger to pollution.…

October 6, 2009

Nonsense. It's Good For You.

Who knew that “The Ministry of Silly Walks” and other such absurdities could actually strengthen our brains? Yes, it’s true.…