New from CLF
Imagine a pregnant woman diagnosed with uterine cancer and the only treatment alternative is a hysterectomy which would likely save her life, but surely end in the death of the child. Absent any action, both are expected to die. In such an instance, is the loss of the child permissible? The answer is simple, but the logic is worth understanding well. Read
Late last month, the United Nations adopted what it calls its Agenda for 2030. It reads in part: “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.” This is a sweet sentiment, I suppose, but it is also, to put it mildly, nuts.
Chimeras are formed by combining genetically-distinct cells, in this case human cells and animal cells. In 2005, the U.S. National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine recommended limits on such research, but 10 years later, they have reopened the debate. Where objections are rightfully raised, language is twisted and manipulated to disguise the truth of what is taking place, making an ethical analysis of a complex situation even more complex. Read