This from the bioethics.net blog: A woman’s 21-year-old son dies in a Texas bar fight. The bereaved mom wants the son’s clearly virile and tenacious genes to live on in the next generation and fights to have his sperm collected and stored so that someone may carry his seed. She says, on the one hand, […]
Sperm Banks and Product Liability
The New Scientist is carrying this rather peculiar story: a sperm bank in New York is being sued under product liability law by a girl who claims that her conception was from “faulty” sperm. The 13-year-old girl named in the suit has Fragile X syndrome; apparently, she does not have to show that the sperm bank […]
The Vagina is Full of AIDS!
I’ve just been pointed in the direction of this YouTube gem, which ostensibly demonstrates why condoms don’t offer protection against Aids. It’s a little experiment involving a glass, a tea-strainer, and some out-of-date soya milk. The rest you can work out for yourselves. It has to be a piss-take, doesn’t it? (Actually, I’m not so sure. […]
Drug Policy Transformed?
I’ve spent the morning looking over the Transform Drug Policy Foundation’s consultation paper, A Comparison of the Cost-Effectiveness of the Prohibition and Regulation of Drugs, which was published today. The full report is available as a .pdf here (note the filesize – at 445k, it’s HUGE) – or there’s a summary on Transform’s blog, here. […]
Suicide Documentary on the BBC
In case you missed it, there’s a little under a week left to listen again to last night’s Radio 4 documentary on the Swiss assisted suicide movement: follow this link. For what it’s worth, I couldn’t help thinking that it was a little scare-mongering and tabloid. (So the mentally ill or non-terminal might be able to […]
Cancer’s the sort of thing in respect of which a lot of people are very, very earnest indeed. It’s a pleasure, then, to discover Cancerous Capers, a blog about cancer by someone with cancer, that is light and funny and… well, not earnest: I’m Jamie Ross. I’m twenty, and I was an English student until […]
Do you know what is going to happen in bioethics in the future?
If you know what is going to happen in bioethics in the future here is the competition for you, courtesy of the Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics. […]
Failed Asylum Seekers and the NHS
The Court of Appeal has ruled today (Monday) that those who have not resided lawfully in the UK for at least a year are not entitled to receive free health service treatment. Lord Justice Ward said: “Failed asylum seekers ought not to be here. They should never have come here in the first place and […]
Does it Matter when Life Begins?
PZ Meyers recently blogged about his response to one of the perennial claims of pro-life advocates: that life begins at conception. Predictably, he accuses pro-lifers of misunderstanding the question, and he does this by denying that life begins at conception because life began billions of years ago: everything else is just a part of a […]
Is the World’s Smartest Man an Act Utilitarian?
Okay – since everyone else on teh t’interwebz seems to be blogging about Watchmen, I thought I might join in. Especially because, if I don’t, David will: I think he’s more of a geek than I. (Most people are.) So, yeah. Long, violent, extraordinarily faithful to the book except for the improved dénouement, I’d’ve shot […]