Patenting the human map

As CNN reports, the ACLU has initiated legal actions against the Patent and Trademark Office, Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation to cancel the grant of a patent for a pair of genes, which appear to be responsible for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Holding the patent means that the holder are […]

The end of the medical conscientious objector

The Obama administration has repealed a federal rule instituted by the Bush administration permiting medical professionals to refuse procedures to patients on the grounds of their moral (read religious) commitments. As CNN reports, Christian physicians are protesting the measure.

David Brooks declares the End of Philosophy in the NYT

Op-Ed Columnist The End of Philosophy By DAVID BROOKS Published: April 6, 2009 Socrates talked. The assumption behind his approach to philosophy, and the approaches of millions of people since, is that moral thinking is mostly a matter of reason and deliberation: Think through moral problems. Find a just principle. Apply it. Skip to next […]

Stem Cells and the Vatican

Reuters reports that the Vatican as well as American church leaders have condemned the move to open public funding for stem cell research. Thank  god we are not Italy. (