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.
Research involving animal embryos that have human cells requires us to revisit our standards regarding moral status.
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.
HBO's miniseries offers a new opportunity to revisit an age-old debate: Should we keep value judgments out of science? Can we?
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?
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?
Recent experiments have put pressure on the divisions we draw between human and animals. What does it take to be a right-bearing entity?
Emerging healthcare technologies like Rudy, Addison, and PARO should prompt us to reassess the healthcare industry and to contemplate the difference between service and care.
Industrial agriculture has pacified some critics by using Novocaine to ease animal suffering. But what happens when there isn't enough anesthetic to go around? And what's the value of using pain relief for animals set for slaughter?
Informed consent might look like an innocuous legal standard, but it masks a divisive political arena. And the struggle between autonomy and paternalism is not without casualties.