Science

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Lulu and Nana: The Surprise of Genetically-Modified Humans

The gene-editing technology CRISPR was the source of lively theoretical ethics debates - until Chinese scientist He Jiankui actually used it.
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Getting Personal About Personal Genetic Information

Personal genetic information tests can be a fun way to learn about your heritage - but they can also betray some very private information.
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The Ethical Ramifications of Legalizing the Exotic Wildlife Trade

China's decision to permit the sale of rhino horns and tiger bones is controversial - but it's more than an ecological crisis. It's also about traditional medicine and preserving a culture.
U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility at North Dakota State University, in Fargo, N.D. on Monday, April 29, 2013. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Bad Advice from the USDA

This article focuses on the US Department of Agriculture’s poor enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, by only providing warnings instead of punishments.
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Male Contraceptives Might Allow For a Shift In Responsibility

Women bear an excessive burden when it comes to preventing pregnancy. What happens when we include the other half of the population?
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Reduction of Harm: Fentanyl Testing Strips for Drug Users

Fentanyl testing strips could save lives for drug users, but not without the support of city and state governments.
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Reflection on Responsibility: National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention month, so it's a good time to reflect -- where does the responsibility to prevent suicide lie?
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Nature, Nurture, and Unknown Harms

Three identical strangers realized they were more than just triplets: they were the subjects of a scientific study on nature versus nurture.
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“Unbearable Suffering” and Mental Illness

Euthanasia is already a much-debated practice, and the case of Aurelia Brouwers only intensified the controversy.

No Quick Study: The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancing Study Drugs

Study drug usage is on the rise -- and that's a complicated ethical quandary.