Radio Lookback at 2006 in Bioethics

I was interviewed by Lifebeat, a radio program affiliated, I think, with Michigan Right to Life. It is a brief look back to 2006 in which we mainly discuss the pending release of Jack Kevorkian and the passage in Missouri of the human cloning Amendment 2. If you are of a mind, check it . . . . Continue Reading »

Voting Still Open in the Year End Poll

Hit this link and then vote for the likeliest bioethics outcome for 2007. Of the five choices, so far, 44% of you think “Futile Care Theory will be upheld by a court, which will rule that doctors should decide when the time has come to die.” I am not that pessimistic. I actually think . . . . Continue Reading »

Animal Rights to get Hot in 2007

Alas: This UPI analysis has it right, I think. Animal liberationists are likely to target biotechnology and research firms to force an end to the use of animals in research. That this would be disastrous to human health and welfare matters not a whit to these zealots.Supposedly, the expected . . . . Continue Reading »

Thanks to THE WEEK

The Week has named my piece in the Daily Standard on Jack Kevorkian to the “Best Columns: The U.S.” in the December 29 edition. It includes a nice summary of what I wrote. (No link available.) My thanks and appreciation to The Week for the . . . . Continue Reading »

Cloning Opponent Denied Tenure at MIT

Dr. James Shirley, an adult stem cell scientist, has lost his appeal and will be denied tenure at MIT. Shirley, who is African-American, is charging racism. I can’t comment about that, or whether Shirley’s academic credentials would warrant tenure. But I can’t help suspecting that . . . . Continue Reading »

NHS Approaches Medical Discrimination

There is word out of the UK that obese people and smokers may be denied “priority” care in the UK under potential new NHS standards. The idea, of course, is to induce people into more healthy lifestyles, which in turn, will collectively ease the cost of health care.This is rationing and . . . . Continue Reading »