Science

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Questioning the Morality of Raising Neanderthal

Cloning Neanderthals could be a scientific possibility. But just because it might be possible doesn't mean it's a good, morally sound idea.
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The Moral Quandary of Testing on Animals

Animal testing is controversial, and it's because of questions ranging from consent to suffering to the 'greater good.'
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Knowing What You Don’t Know

Science is becoming more partisan; public opinion is divided on scientific facts. How did we get here, and what can we do?
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On Gene Editing, Disease, and Disability

Gene editing is controversial for many reasons, but it's especially thorny when it comes to issues such as selective abortion, disease, and disability.
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To Clean or Too Clean? The Problem of Over-Cleanliness

We've been taught from a young age to wash our hands frequently and use powerful disinfectants to clean our homes. But how clean is too clean?
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Which Voices Matter? Ballot Initiatives, Marijuana, and Legislative Paternalism in Utah

In November, Utah voters made medical marijuana legal with a ballot measure. However, legislation is already underway to restrict it.
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Examining Medical Intervention and Gender Confirmation

The gender binary has long held sway over medical intervention for many kinds of treatments, especially for those who identify outside that binary.
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Dating and Choice in the Digital Age

Online dating offers people a wider choice in partners, but also might serve to intensify bias.
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InSight’s Landing on Mars: Ethics of Space Exploration

Space exploration has the potential to revolutionize our scientific knowledge, but there are many ethical questions to address first.
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“Free Birth” and the Politics of Childbearing

Women deserve better care and experiences when it comes to giving birth, but the Free Birth Society may not be the answer.