Category Archives: Bioethics/Biotech

Free e-Book on quest for longevity

With my ongoing interest in the area of bioethics and transhumanism an email mentioning this free eBook from the University of Chicago Press piqued my interest today. Will load it up on the eReader and have a skim through it. … Continue reading

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Discovering the need for ethics

A really interesting article by biochemist Jennifer Doudna about how she became aware of the ethical dimensions of developing a method for genome-editing and how it affected her. Moves from just ‘doing’ science, to the need to ethical reflection as … Continue reading

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Spirituality and Cancer: Christian Encounters

I’m looking forward to the book launch next week of “Spirituality and Cancer: Christian Encounters”, edited by my friends and colleagues Caroline Blyth (University of Auckland) and Tim Meadowcroft (Laidlaw College). The book is a collection of papers delivered at … Continue reading

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Transhuman Films

The blog’s been pretty quiet while I’ve been concentrating on other things. One of those other things is a research project looking at post- and transhumanism in popular culture, and particularly in film. One of those projects has been the … Continue reading

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Biotech and bioethics resources for schools and young people

Hat tip to New Life From Old for this link through to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s resources for schools and young people, including Stem cells – science and ethics – BBSRC. The other week I was looking … Continue reading

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Until Cryonics Do Us Part

It’s been a while since I looked at anything related to cryonics, having been more preoccupied lately with things related to religion, popular culture and/or new media, so I was interested to see this article on cryonics in the NY … Continue reading

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Printing body parts

3D printing has always intrigued me, but potentially using a 3D printing system to make replacement body parts is really interesting. See Printing body parts: Making a bit of me | The Economist.

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Terry Pratchett on ‘assisted death’

Terry Pratchett on why ‘assisted death’ should be seriously considered – see Terry Pratchett: my case for a euthanasia tribunal | Society | The Guardian. Of all the topics in ethics class last year, this one was the one most … Continue reading

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Back from Christchurch

Quick visit to Christchurch for an ICBC meeting. Main item on the agenda was discussion of the following: ERMA200223 – Application to develop in containment genetically modified goats, sheep and cows to produce human therapeutic proteins, or with altered levels … Continue reading

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What to do with excess embryos?

A while back I noted this problem – Greenflame ยท Embryos in limbo – and some of the dilemmas associated with the storage of ‘extra’ IVF embryos. Here’s one proposed solution: RNS Feature: “What to do with excess embryos? One … Continue reading

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