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Trump's Dr. Oz Appearance Has Nothing To Do With Health

The [Dr. Oz] show has trumpeted, Trump will finally release some actual, specific medical records. (At least, the campaign said he would, then backed off and said the appearance would be “a conversation generally about well-being,” and then reversed again after the show’s taping.) But those records probably won’t clear…

Bioethics after Brexit

It is too soon to know how the crisis that has been created by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will play out. But it is worth considering that the field of bioethics has a grave stake in the outcome. Modern bioethics is to a great extent a product of…

We need unbiased medical exams for presidential candidates

As unusual as the 2016 presidential election has been, one obvious aspect has gone largely unnoticed: By the time the next president of the United States is inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017, he or she will have reached or come close to reaching 70 years old. That all the remaining major…

How a Zika Virus Breakthrough Vindicates Stem Cell Research

Modern biology needs tools. One of the most controversial of those tools has proven to be crucial to explaining how the Zika virus causes brain damage in newborns. Zika is poised to dwarf the threat of Ebola, which was never a significant danger to the United States in spite of…

The Power of an Empty Podium

The Republican National Committee and Fox News say there won't be an empty podium on the stage during the Iowa Republican debate to symbolize the absence of Donald Trump. The implication is that that's not fair game. In 1980, Jimmy Carter refused to appear in a League of Women Voters debate…

Ben Carson: The candidate from bioethics

During the George W. Bush administration, Ben Carson was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics.  Compared to separating conjoined twins in a landmark surgical procedure, this might seem like a small item on his resume. But there’s good reason to think that his bioethics experience helped shape the thinking…

A Professor Just Gave Us a Brutally Honest Assessment of Killer Robots

More than 1,000 of the world's top tech leaders and robotics experts are urging for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons before it leads to a future arms race with the potential production of cheap, killer robots. As technology develops, it is inevitable that people could develop robots to kill people,…

US Congress moves to block human-embryo editing

The US House of Representatives is wading into the debate over whether human embryos should be modified to have heritable changes. Its fiscal year 2016 spending bill for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would prohibit the agency from spending money to evaluate research or clinical applications for such products.…

How national security gave birth to bioethics

Starting near the end of World War II and continuing until the 1970s, the US government sponsored radiation experiments on human subjects. Some of these experiments were conducted to understand the effects of radiation on atomic bomb workers. Others were to learn about the benefits of radiation for cancer patients. Many…

The Moral Wedge in the GOP

Moral issues have defined social conservatism and the core of the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan. Broadly speaking, these issues have to do with relationships between men and women and the beginning and end of life, which in turn are taken as determining our society's collective respect for human life and…

Dozens of Nobel Laureates for Obama

Sixty-eight Nobel laureates in science and medicine have signed an open letter endorsing President Obama. The president "understands the key role science has played in building a prosperous America, has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making and has championed investment in science and technology research…