Tag Archives: bioethics

Different Sorts of “Dead”

Deciding who’s dead and who’s not isn’t always easy. But getting the answer right can be a matter of life or death. “Beating Heart Cadavers” Transplants and “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” Measuring Brain Activity Defining Life and Death “Reanimated … Continue reading

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Sweet Potatoes, Genes, and Long Life

One woman decided to take a road trip after learning she had a terminal illness. Another switched careers. Both choices make sense, given the circumstances. This year’s World Food Prize goes to a team who developed a new sweet potato, … Continue reading

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Alchemy, Science, Life, and Health

(“I find that nothing’s ever exactly like you expect….” (Professor Richard Lazarus, “The Lazarus Experiment,” BBC)) A mad scientist’s lot is not a happy one. All he wants is to redefine being human: and the next thing you know, he’s … Continue reading

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Bioethics and a Three-Parent Baby

A Jordanian couple have a baby boy: who does not have a lethal genetic disorder, thanks to DNA transplanted from a third person. Four of his siblings did not survive the procedure. I’ll be talking about the decisions involved in … Continue reading

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