Should Animals Be Patented?

I am no fan of anti-vivisection societies given that I believe medical research using animals is scientifically necessary and (usually) a profoundly humanitarian work, and these groups seek to end such activities. That being said, I do think they can provide a valuable contribution to society by . . . . Continue Reading »

"Vick Dog Fighting Violated Human Dignity"

With the Michael Vick guilty plea, I updated my earlier column on how his dog fighting activities violated our human duty to treat animals humanely for the San Francisco Chronicle. It is a little stronger on the human exceptionalism than the former column, and all in all I think, a somewhat better . . . . Continue Reading »

Science Isn’t Science Anymore

The politicization of science has grown so bad that science has, in many cases, ceased to be science any more. We have seen this in the cloning debates in which heterodox thinkers about the ethics of ESCR and cloning have been denied tenure and/or driven out of universities. We see it in the global . . . . Continue Reading »

Elder Abuse and Neglect in UK Hospitals

The weak and vulnerable need the “conscience” protection provided by adherence to the sanctity/equality of life ethic. Without extra devotion to this vital principle, those least able to defend themselves can become victimized by behavior that flows from a belief that their lives and . . . . Continue Reading »

"Medical Ethics and the Holocaust"

The Holocaust Museum of Houston, Texas is presenting a terrific lecture series entitled “Medical Ethics and the Holocaust” over the fall and into the early winter. I am honored to be a participant. I will be debating the issue of assisted suicide against Compassion and Choice’s . . . . Continue Reading »

ESCR Not "Only Hope" for MS Patients

We’ve heard the mantra repeatedly: embryonic stem cells are the only hope (or the best hope) for curing this disease and that disease. But the evidence continues to grow that this just isn’t true.Today’s story deals with multiple sclerosis. I have previously reported here at SHS . . . . Continue Reading »