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Resurrection of phrenology? AI’s quest to link facial features and criminality has a shady Victorian legacy

'Phrenology’ has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting ...
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Ethicists argue for prioritizing safety over speed in pushing for coronavirus vaccine approvals

[W]ithin six months of SARS-CoV-2 appearing on the scene, over 140 vaccine candidates are in the pipeline and clinical trials ...
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In the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, ethical concerns abound

How do we ethically test it in people? Can people be forced to get the vaccine if they don’t want it? ...
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Artificial consent: Unproven AI making key decisions about patients health care without their knowledge

At a growing number of prominent hospitals and clinics around the country, clinicians are turning to AI-powered decision support tools ...
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Geopolitics of the future: AI autonomous fighting robots could spark a news arms race

Abishur Prakash, geopolitical futurist for the Center for Innovating the Future, discussed the potential scenarios that could unfold in the ...
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Viewpoint: Calling gene-edited crops ‘natural’ won’t dispel public skepticism. Here’s a better way to build trust in CRISPR

What determines whether a genetically modified vegetable or fruit is natural? ...
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Teaching AI to think ethically

[M]athematicians have developed a model that can help businesses spot when commercial AI systems might make shady choices in the ...
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The rich get safer? Developing countries likely last in line to get virus vaccine

Worldwide, about a dozen potential COVID-19 vaccines are in early stages of testing. While some could move into late-stage testing ...
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Race science? Can AI ‘predict’ criminality through facial analysis?

With “80 percent accuracy and with no racial bias,” the paper, A Deep Neural Network Model to Predict Criminality Using ...
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China demands DNA from millions of men and boys, raising questions about privacy and consent

[China’s police force has] swept across the country since late 2017 to collect enough samples to build a vast DNA ...
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Ethical pros and cons of infecting healthy volunteers in quest for COVID-19 vaccine

Instead of vaccinating hundreds to thousands of people and waiting to see if they naturally catch the virus, scientists would ...
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Experimental Parkinson’s treatment draws ethics scrutiny with wealthy donor selected as first patient

A secretive experiment revealed [May 12], in which neurosurgeons transplanted brain cells into a patient with Parkinson’s disease, made medical ...
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From bioterror to bioerror: Who’s afraid of biohacking?

In March, amateur scientists in Sydney announced they had created a COVID-19 test kit that is simpler, faster, and cheaper ...
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A right to know? Should children be told when a parent’s genetic test reveals hereditary risks?

What are the legal, professional and ethical, duties or responsibilities of researchers and clinicians in handling genetic testing and the ...
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Viewpoint: Medical ethics shouldn’t stop coronavirus vaccine researchers from experimenting on healthy people

The pandemic has thrown previous moral assumptions into disarray. ... Research ethics normally prohibits exposing human subjects to significant risk ...
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11 things to know about genetic engineering, including how it’s helping us fight disease

What are some interesting facts about genetic engineering, and why it is important? … Genetically engineered things are actually all ...
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Is life worth living after 75? Why this medical ethicist isn’t a fan of extending the human life span

In October 2014, [physician and medical ethicist] Ezekiel Emanuel published an essay in the Atlantic called “Why I Hope to ...
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When coronavirus patients don’t have time to wait: Pandemic forces ethical shift in assessing treatments

Normally, it takes about eight years to move a drug through clinical trials and approval by the US Food and ...
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Podcast: Nothing about me without me—The importance of involving patients in genomic research

Kat Arney discusses why it’s so important to make sure that academic and commercial genomics research studies involve patients and ...
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Plummeting prices for genetic sequencing open ‘Pandora’s box of ethical concerns’

The speed at which the price of genetic sequencing has fallen has been astonishing, from $50,000 a decade ago to roughly $600 today ...
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Electricity from genetically engineered trees: It’s not as crazy as it sounds—but is it ethical?

What if trees could provide electricity to cities? .... This surrealist idyll isn’t too far-fetched, say a team of researchers ...
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Experiments on living brain tissue unearth ‘ethical quandaries’

Live bits of brain look like any other piece of meat —  pinkish, solid chunks of neural tissue. But unlike ...
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Gene drives could revolutionize how we deal with pests—if the technology avoids the controversial fate of GMOs

In addition to research and laboratory ethics, gene drive proponents need to focus on public perception ...
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Brain organoids becoming ‘more human’, forcing researchers to grapple with ethical concerns

Though no bigger than a pea, organoids hold enormous promise for improving our understanding of the brain: They can replicate ...
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Podcast: The phrase ‘Who’s Your (Grand) Daddy’ has shocking relevance to Jack Nunn, as the Australian geneticist learns of his surprising link to Britain’s most notorious ‘sperminator’

Consumer genetic tests are becoming widespread - but what happens when an innocent investigation reveals dark family secrets? ...
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‘Simpler, cheaper’ alternative to IVF promised by controversial embryo research

Researchers have conducted a controversial study that involved paying dozens of young women at a hospital near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ...
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Collecting DNA samples from migrant detainees opens door to enhanced government surveillance

[T]he United States government will begin collecting DNA samples from thousands of people detained by immigration officials, including minors, and ...
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Controversial treatment for dwarfism meets clinical trial goals. Is FDA approval coming?

A treatment for the most common cause of dwarfism met its goal of increasing height in a pivotal study, the ...
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