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October 5, 2018

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – October 5, 2018

Politics Everything on Brett Kavanaugh and the F.B.I. Investigation “Around 2:30 a.m., the White House said in a statement it had received the F.B.I.’s investigation, which was “being transmitted to the Senate” as well. The statement expressed confidence the completed inquiry would not stand in the way of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation. On Wednesday, Senator Mitch […]
September 21, 2018

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – September 21, 2018

Politics Trump Rated Worse Than Other Modern-Day Presidents on Ethics “The American public’s ratings of the ethical standards of Trump and his administration’s top officials are generally much worse than their ratings of his predecessors. Trump is viewed as having lower ethical standards than all presidents since Nixon, who resigned when faced with imminent impeachment.” […]
September 10, 2018

The Experience of Long-Distance Caregiving: Dr. Elizabeth Yuko Reflects on Her Journey

Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D., the Health & Sex Editor for SheKnows Media and Adjunct Professor of Ethics at Fordham University, explains in her recent New York Times article, “Strategies for Long-Distance Caregiving,” that her biggest worries used to be politics, finances, and meeting work deadlines. Then her mother called and revealed she had been diagnosed with […]
September 7, 2018

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – September 7, 2018

Politics I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration “The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.” Anonymous White House Writer Isn’t A Patriot. They’re Betraying The Constitution. “I can appreciate the […]
September 5, 2018

Genomics, Big Data, and Broad Consent: a New Ethics Frontier for Prevention Science

In a new article published in Prevention Science, Dr. Celia Fisher, Director of Fordham University’s Center for Ethics Education and Deborah Layman, PhD Candidate of Fordham University’s Applied Developmental Psychology program, discuss the genomic revolution and emergence of big data to understanding the ethical implications for prevention scientists. Additionally, Fisher and Layman write about the uncertainty […]
August 24, 2018

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – August 24, 2018

Bioethics/Medical Ethics Jahi McMath, Teen At Center Of Medical And Religious Debate On Brain Death, Has Died Jahi McMath, a brain-dead patient who had been on life support since 2013, died on June 22, 2018 because of liver failure. McMath’s situation sparked a debate over whether brain-dead patients are considered physically dead. Though McMath is […]
July 23, 2018

Ethics of War AI: Keep the Humans in Charge

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In 1967, the original Star Trek premiered “A Taste of Armageddon” wherein the U.S.S. Enterprise visits a planet that has ended the destructive nature of war.…

May 4, 2018

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – May 4, 2018

Bioethics/Medical Ethics Bioethics group to study technology behind ‘three-parent babies’ “Mitochondrial genome replacement technology involves combining the genetic material (DNA) of a couple – who would otherwise be unlikely to have healthy children of their own – with that of a female egg donor.” Ethicists Call for More Scrutiny of ‘Human-Challenge’ Trials “In an article […]
May 2, 2018

From Westworld to the Rest of the World: Time to Regulate the Mining of Third Party Data

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

You do not have control over your ideas, your passions, or even your DNA anymore. Your biological material and your ideas may be taken without your awareness of it.…

April 6, 2018

Ethics and Society Newsfeed – April 6, 2018

Image via Bioethics/Medical Ethics/Animal Ethics The Human Thing: When It’s Not About “Bioethics” “In the place of narcissistic and subjective dignity wrongly invoked by procreation militants, we need a return to the transcendent and objective dignity of human nature.” A Global Observatory for Gene Editing “Sheila Jasanoff and J. Benjamin Hurlbut call for an international […]

Published Articles (4)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 9 - Sep 2018

The Ethics of Smart Pills and Self-Acting Devices: Autonomy, Truth-Telling, and Trust at the Dawn of Digital Medicine Craig M. Klugman, Laura B. Dunn, Jack Schwartz & I. Glenn Cohen

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 8 - Aug 2018

Ethical Considerations in the Manufacture, Sale, and Distribution of Genome Editing Technologies Jeremy Sugarman, Supriya Shivakumar, Martha Rook, Jeanne F. Loring, Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, Jochen Taupitz, Jutta Reinhard-Rupp & Steven Hildemann

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 1 - Jun 2018

“Natural” Talents and Dedication—Meanings and Values in Sport Thomas H. Murray

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 18 Issue 5 - May 2018

From Frankenstein to Hawking: Which is the Real Face of Science? Jonathan D. Moreno

News (27)

October 12, 2018 9:00 am

The approach to predictive medicine that is taking genomics research by storm (Nature)

Polygenic risk scores represent a giant leap for gene-based diagnostic tests. Here’s why they’re still so controversial.
October 10, 2018 9:00 am

That New Apple Watch EKG Feature? There Are More Downs Than Ups (The New York Times)

The heart monitor should not be considered a medical device and reflects wider problems with health screens.

September 19, 2018 2:00 am

A plan to advance AI by exploring the minds of children (MIT Technology Review)

The project brings computer scientists and engineers together with neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists to explore research that might lead to fundamental progress in artificial intelligence. Tenenbaum outlined the project, and his vision for advancing AI, at EmTech, a conference held at MIT this week by MIT Technology Review.

September 18, 2018 9:00 am

AI may detect depression just from your voice (Axios)

During a conversation, humans can grasp a friend’s mood or intent by relying on subtle vocal cues or word choice. Now, researchers at MIT say they have developed an algorithm that can detect if the friend is depressed, one of the most widely suffered — and often undiagnosed — conditions in the U.S.

September 10, 2018 9:00 am

At $1,650 per month, the first digital pill will soon roll out to certain Medicaid patients with mental illness (STAT)

The first digital pill will carry a price tag of $1,650 per month and soon be rolled out commercially to the first patients: people with mental illness covered by Medicaid, likely in regions including Florida and Virginia.

August 30, 2018 9:00 am

Open Medical Records Can Spur Frank Talk Between Doctors And Patients (NPR)

Theoretically, American patients have been able to see what doctors write about them for years. The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act, a 1996 law known as HIPAA, protects a patient’s right to see and get a copy of personal health records. In practice, though, formal records requests can take weeks to process and few patients take advantage of the option.A growing movement is using technology to try to change that. What started as an academic experiment has now become the norm at an increasing number of health care systems across the country: When doctors sign their notes, a copy is automatically visible to patients online.

August 17, 2018 1:26 am

The Next Phase of Human Gene-Therapy Oversight (The New England Journal of Medicine)

The NIH envisions using the RAC as an advisory board on to- day’s emerging biotechnologies, such as gene editing, synthetic bi- ology, and neurotechnology, while harnessing the attributes that have long ensured its transparency. We at the NIH and the FDA look for- ward to working together with all our stakeholders to implement thesechanges.Wesharecommon goals: advancing science and hu- man health and accelerating the availability of safe and effective gene therapy, along with the many promising new products that fu- ture biotechnologies may bring.

August 8, 2018 9:00 am

These tiny, stretchy speakers and microphones let your skin play music (Science)

If you’re prone to forgetting your headphones, new wearable technology that could turn your skin into a speaker should be music to your ears. Created in part to help the hearing and speech impaired, the new “smart skin” could be embedded into the ears—or into a patch on the throat. A similar device, described in the same study, acts as a microphone, which can be connected to smartphones and computers to unlock voice-activated security systems.

August 3, 2018 6:35 am

Ancestry, 23andMe and others say they will follow these rules when giving DNA data to businesses or police (The Washington Post)

Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday to be upfront when they share users’ DNA data with researchers, hand it over to police or transfer it to other companies, a move aimed at addressing consumers’ mounting privacy concerns. Under the new guidelines, the companies said they would obtain consumers’ “separate express consent” before turning over their individual genetic information to businesses and other third parties, including insurers.

July 18, 2018 5:42 am

Editing human embryos 'morally permissible' (BBC News)

Should we or shouldn’t we be allowed to modify human DNA in future children? An inquiry into the ethical issues surrounding genetically altering a human embryo has found there is “no absolute reason not to pursue it”. But appropriate measures must be put in place before it becomes UK law, said the report – which calls for further research both medically and socially. Inquiry chair, Prof Karen Yeung, said: “The implications for society are extensive, profound and long-term.”

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