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China 'clone factory' scientist eyes human replication

Bejing - The Chinese scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction.

Gossip site Gawker looks to turn over a new leaf

Washington - Gawker says it will rethink its ethics policies following turmoil over an article about an executive's private life, in what could be a turning point for the popular news and gossip website.

Smithsonian tightens up science ethics

Washington - Following an issue where a scientist who published research on climate change failed to declare where his funding came from, The Smithsonian has declared a crackdown on ethics and funding declarations.

Dutch paediatricians back right to die for under 12s

Den Haag - Terminally ill children in unbearable suffering should be given the right to die, the Dutch Paediatricians Association said on Friday, urging the suppression of the current 12-year age limit.

Scientists urge moratorium after Chinese 'edit' human embryos

Miami - Global scientists on Thursday renewed calls to halt controversial research to genetically edit human embryos after a Chinese team published details of a stunted but breakthrough attempt in this new frontier in science.

Bioethics philosopher John Arras has died

The philosopher John Arras, who tackled important issues relating to the ethics of medical care, has passed away at age 69.

Garcia cries foul as FIFA clear Qatar, Russia

Paris - FIFA's probe into the controversial bidding race for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups was thrown into turmoil Thursday after its own investigator Michael Garcia complained that a summary of his report misrepresented his conclusions.

FIFA rules out 2018, 2022 World Cup re-votes

Paris - Football's world governing body FIFA has cleared 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar of corruption and ruled out a re-vote to decide the host of the competition despite widespread allegations of wrongdoing.

Ebola, experimental drugs, and human ethics

Geneva - The administration of an experimental serum to two U.S. healthcare workers treated for Ebola raises questions of safety, efficacy, access, and ethics, according to the World Health Organization.

Op-Ed: Food Philosopher ponders the culture and ethics of eating habits Special

Worcester - The students of Holy Cross College professor Andrea Borghini in Worcester, Massachusetts have the opportunity to not only look at what they eat, but they get to ponder the philosophy of food.

Op-Ed: Facebook Cop is risky idea, but don't stop companies from giving

At first, it seems like the height of corporate generosity: Facebook is paying the salary of a local police officer, allowing the "Facebook Cop" to assist in community education and helping businesses plan for crises. But is this a conflict of interest?

Brain scan shows which vegetative patients have hope

Paris - A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.

Did the U.S. government interfere with an ethics investigation?

Washington - A watchdog group claims that a federal agency improperly influenced the investigation of a study involving the treatment of pre-term infants.

Brain scan shows which vegetative patients have hope

Paris - A hi-tech scanner can help tell whether a brain-injured patient who appears to be in a vegetative state has a chance of regaining some consciousness, a study said Tuesday.

FIFA committee members interviewed by ethics chief

Members of FIFA's executive committee are being interviewed by ethics chief Michael Garcia, who is investigating the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

British govt 'won't block assisted suicide bill'

London - The British government will not stand in the way of legislation that would permit assisted suicide, the Ministry of Justice said Sunday as parliament prepares to examine a bill.The governing coalition will not order its lawmakers to block the proposals...

Spanish petition asks Belgian king to stop euthanasia law

Brussels - A Spanish conservative lobby group on Thursday delivered more than 200,000 signatures to Belgian King Philippe in Brussels, urging him not to sign controversial child euthanasia legislation passed by parliament.CitizenGo, a pro-family and anti-abortion...

Belgium gives ill children of any age right-to-die

Brussels - Twelve years after legalising euthanasia for adults, Belgium's parliament extended the right to die to terminally ill children of any age Thursday, despite opposition from the Church and some pediatricians.After months of heated debate, the lower House...

Belgian MPs set to vote on euthanasia for children

Brussels - Terminally ill children are set to win the right to die in Belgium when lawmakers vote Thursday to extend a decade-old law allowing euthanasia for adults after months of often heated public debate.Despite strong opposition from the Church and some pedi...

Belgium set to allow euthanasia for children

Brussels - More than a decade after legalising euthanasia for adults, Belgium is set this week to extend mercy-killing to terminally-ill children after lengthy public debate over the ethical issues at stake.Despite strong opposition from the Church and even some ...

Johnson & Johnson fined $2.2 billion

Drugs giant Johnson & Johnson has been fined $2.2 billion for promoting medicines for uses not approved as safe and effective by the U.S. FDA.

Op-Ed: Advances in technology threaten a crisis in ethics

New York - Tech changes affect three areas. Individuals acquire greater independence and reach.  The locus of power shifts accordingly. And traditional buffers between discordant groups dissolve. 

Op-Ed: Majority of Canadians believe Stephen Harper has a hidden agenda

Toronto - It should not be a surprise to the Harper government that most Canadians don't trust Prime Minister Stephen Harper's transparency. An Ipsos poll halfway through Harper's mandate found that most Canadians think he has a hidden agenda.

Jesse Jackson Jr., resigns from Congress under ethics probe

Chicago - Battling bipolar disorder and a federal probe into his campaign accounts, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a once-rising political star, resigned from Congress Wednesday afternoon.

GOP Congressman under fire for abortions, extra-marital affairs

Chattanooga - Newly released documents show that Tennessee Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais had numerous extra-marital affairs and supported his ex-wife's decision to have two abortions.

Op-Ed: Innocence of Muslims and Rocks in the East China Sea

New York - Individuals are increasingly empowered by information technology to govern their lives, finances, communications, and more. Instead of working with this change, governments lean increasingly toward totalitarian responses.

John Hopkins University to teach ethics to Secret Service agents

In the wake of the Colombian prostitution scandal and with growing evidence that it was not an isolated incident, experts from John Hopkins University in Baltimore will teach a two-day ethics course to Secret Service agents.

Op-Ed: To be or not to be is the question, but should it be a choice?

The debate over physician assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia is an often divisive and emotional one. The pros and cons of PAS run the gamut of legal, ethical and moral arguments yet to many who suffer from a terminal illness, there is no debate

Op-Ed: From Madoff to Murdoch to Greece: Whatever Happened to Ethics?

People from all walks of life and at all levels of the corporate ladder skirt their responsibilities and neglect their duties.

Op-Ed: Remembering Clara Immerwahr in the Year of Chemistry

Clara Immerwahr was the courageous chemist who dared to take a lone stand against her husband and an entire empire in opposition to chemical warfare. How will she be remembered in the International Year of Chemistry?
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