Category Archives: Ethics

A Potential Ethics Problem With Massive Genomic Screening

It’s the metadata. Thankfully, I’m not a bioethicist (just a Mad Biologist), so I won’t have my concerns ruled out immediately. But when I read about proposals like this one to sequence everyone’s genome on the planet, I have concerns–which … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Genomics | 5 Comments

“There Is a Balm In Gilead To Heal The Sin Sick Soul”

(from here) These excerpts from a speech Martin Luther King gave to striking sanitation workers in Memphis seems appropriate for the political moment. The speech: My dear friends, my dear friend James Lawson, and all of these dedicated and distinguished … Continue reading

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What Annual Percent Drug Price Increase Means You’re Not a Sociopath?

In retrospect, it’s pretty obvious that biotech vulture capitalist Martin Shkreli is a classic sociopath. From flashy, risky activity to an inability to lay low, combined with his penchant for harassing employees and online critics, not to mention multiple frauds … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Bidness, Ethics, Public Health | 4 Comments

Question of the Day: What Price Trump

Sean McElwee: at what point do center-right elites think, "maybe tax cuts aren't worth supporting the openly racist party threatening debt default"? — Sean McElwee (@SeanMcElwee) December 8, 2015

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So Anti-Abortionists Are Pacifists?

Anti-abortionists make no sense to me. I don’t mean that as a synonym for ‘I really, really disagree with them’ (and I do), but that they’re incredibly inconsistent. Take for instance, Republican presidential candidate and scam artist Mike Huckabee (boldface … Continue reading

Posted in Blastocyst Liberation, Conservatives, Ethics, Fucking Morons | 5 Comments

The Impact of Social Impact Bonds: Predictable and Predicted

No one could have seen this coming (boldface mine): It was, in the vernacular of corporate America, a win-win: a bond that paid for preschool for underprivileged children in Utah while also making money for investors. Goldman Sachs announced last … Continue reading

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Corruption Can Not Be Contained: The Geoff Marcy Edition

Not being so young anymore, I’ve come to realize that there are very few cases of the ‘one bad act.’ When someone is repeatedly corrupt in one aspect of his life, he is usually corrupt in other areas as well. … Continue reading

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