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When Your Will Is Not Enough: Ethical Restrictions on Entering into...

A recent case highlights the conflict between paternalism and autonomy in the medical field. In what sense might one's decision to pursue an experimental treatment not be one's own?
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The Ethics of Sending Life to the Moon and Beyond

The recent SpaceIL mishap prompts reflection on the unregulated nature of space. Why should we be concerned?
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Implicit Bias and the Efficacy of Training

A California law aims to address implicit bias, but recent research suggests that current training has little ability to change behavior.
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The Ethics of Chimeric Research

Developing human/non-human embryos for research and organ transplant raises tough questions about the value of human life and the politics of species taxonomy.
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Moral Standing and Human/Non-human Hybrids

Research involving animal embryos that have human cells requires us to revisit our standards regarding moral status.
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The Ethics of Cell Cultured Brains

Research with cellularly revived brain tissues raises all sorts of questions about the nature of consciousness, the definition of pain, and the ethical boundaries of scientific research.
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The Ethics of Scientific Advice: Lessons from “Chernobyl”

HBO's miniseries offers a new opportunity to revisit an age-old debate: Should we keep value judgments out of science? Can we?
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Should We Return to the Moon?

Much has been made of the US's intention to return to the moon. What did Apollo 11 mean then and what might another voyage mean now?
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Vaccination Abstention and the Principle of Autonomy

In the debate over vaccination abstention, the right to refuse medical treatment and the right to bodily integrity are in conflict with concerns of justice and public health. How can we make headway in the deadlock?
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Moral Standing and Human Monkeys

Recent experiments have put pressure on the divisions we draw between human and animals. What does it take to be a right-bearing entity?