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A COVID-19 Vaccine Won’t Stop the Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to maim and kill thousands and devastate countless others, many are pinning their hopes of returning to a life resembling normal upon the development of a vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even advised states and cities to be prepared to allocate up to 800 million doses of a vaccine in late October or early November. But it is highly unlikely that a vaccine will do much to stop the pandemic and related significant harm. Continue reading

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Public Health Crisis Warrants Liberty Restrictions

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Parker Crutchfield, PhD Preventing Harm Suppose your colleague was diagnosed with tuberculosis on Friday but tried to come into work on the following Monday. You would be right to … Continue reading

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Philosophy, Mental Illness, and Mass Shootings

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Robyn Bluhm, PhD Over the past month, mass shootings have occurred in Gilroy, CA, in Chicago, in El Paso, and in Dayton. Most recently, the FBI has arrested … Continue reading

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Listen: Why I Donated a Kidney to a Stranger

No Easy Answers in Bioethics Episode 14 According to recent data from Donate Life America, more than 110,000 people are waiting for lifesaving organ transplants; 80% of those patients are waiting for a kidney. In this episode, Center Acting Director … Continue reading

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Dr. Cabrera a co-author of ‘Neuroethics’ article on deep brain stimulation and personal identity

Center Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera and co-authors Dr. Robyn Bluhm and Rachel McKenzie have a new article available online in Neuroethics, “What we (Should) Talk about when we Talk about Deep Brain Stimulation and Personal Identity.” The article resulted … Continue reading

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We Should Tolerate and Regulate Clinical Use of Human Germline Editing

This post is a part of our Bioethics in the News series By Parker Crutchfield, PhD In November of 2018, a Chinese scientist announced that he had edited the embryos of twin girls and that the twins had been born. The scientist, … Continue reading

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What are the ethical implications of gene-editing human embryos?

No Easy Answers in Bioethics Episode 13 What are the ethical implications of gene-editing human embryos? Do we risk stifling scientific advancement by banning such medical research? Guests Dr. Leonard Fleck, Acting Director and Professor in the Center for Ethics … Continue reading

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Who wouldn’t want to live as long as possible?

Should We Be Reaching for Immortality? Event Flyer Whether by chipping away at the diseases of aging one-by-one, or by altering the fundamental biology of aging, medical research seems to be reaching for one over-arching goal: indefinitely extending the human … Continue reading

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What does it mean to declare brain death in the clinical setting?

What does it mean to declare brain death in the clinical setting? How does the language we use surrounding death complicate these situations? What beliefs and philosophies exist regarding what constitutes the death of a person? Episode 11 of No Easy … Continue reading

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Fall 2018 publications from Center faculty

Continue reading below for a list of recent journal articles from Center faculty, including online first publications. MSU Library or other institutional access may be required to view these articles. Recently assigned an issue Stahl D. Patient reflections on the … Continue reading

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