Issues 86, March 2009
The Future of Humanity
Bioethics is a thriving activity whose synoptic vision includes the promise and peril of engineering a higher human type.
Mercy in the Context of Euthanasia
Mercy is a concept that is difficult to define, especially in the face of life-ending decisions. Inextricably linked are ideas about relief, respect and relationships.
What’s Wrong with Human Enhancement?
Human enhancement technology ismaking greatmedical andmilitary advances, but John Weckert questions what social impacts may arise.
Living Forever: The Ethical Implications of Human Life Extension
Stories about the fountain of youth and eternal life tap into some of humankind’s oldest desires. Will discoveries in molecular biology and genetics one day allow vast extension to life?
Tiny Technologies Raise
Big Ethical Issues
Nanotechnology shows potential for improving the health, social and environmental well-being of many people around the world. However, it may have unintended consequences, particularly for vulnerable populations.
Matthew Tieu explains the field of neuroethics, comparing and contrasting the ethical questions it shares with the “genetic revolution”.
Ethical Aspects of Consent
The legal and ethical nuances of consent and their applications in health care can be challenging and controversial. Determining competence is a key task.
Regulating Genetic Information under the Privacy Act
Harvard University’s Personal Genome Project highlights the difficulty of balancing progress and privacy.
Amputating Healthy Limbs
Should people with body identity integrity disorder be allowed to amputate a healthy limb?
Should Animals Continue to Be Used in Research Experiments?
Animal experimentation is an established yet controversial practice. Should it continue and what are the alternatives?
Bob Elliott argues that the current ban on xenotransplantation in Australia should be overturned.
Finding Out What Students Need to Know
Aimee Sanderson explains the genesis of the Stem Cell Channel and the importance of informed public opinion on stem cells.
Stem Cells: Ethics Versus Patient Needs
What is the current status of stem cell research and the moral and ethical concerns associated with stem cell research and its clinical translation?