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A REVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL

BIOETHICS IN LIBERAL REGIMES: A REVIEW OF THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL Sherlock, Richard Abstract On August 9, 2001, President George W. Bush announced his much anticipated decision on the use of federal funds for research involving embryonic stem cells.1 At the same time the President also announced the creation of the President’s Council on Bioethics, which […]

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INEVITABLE HUMAN CLONING AS VIEWED FROM 221-B BAKER STREET

INEVITABLE HUMAN CLONING AS VIEWED FROM 221-B BAKER STREET Cheshire, William P The latest in a series of attempts to implant a cloned human embryo in a woman’s womb continues to fail to produce a viable pregnancy. That announcement from controversial fertility scientist Panos Zavos at a London press conference earlier this year made headlines […]

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Absolute Relativism and Relative Absolutism

Two Views of Virtue: Absolute Relativism and Relative Absolutism Little, Bruce A Two Views of Virtue: Absolute Relativism and Relative Absolutism F. F. Centore Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2000 ISBN 0-313-31412-8, 195 pp., hardback, $65.00 F. F. Centore’s erudite critique of moral models exposes the moral morass of absolute relativism (first three chapters), and develops […]

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ethics of advertising strategies in the pharmaceutical industry1, The

ethics of advertising strategies in the pharmaceutical industry1, The Generating business is, obviously, the raison d’etre of advertising. Its core concept is to present a new or renewed product in order to gain a market position or to maintain that of a product already launched. Advertising rests on the assumption, then, that in a market […]

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FROM BIOCHEMICAL SYNAPSE TO BIOETHICAL SYNTAX

FROM BIOCHEMICAL SYNAPSE TO BIOETHICAL SYNTAX Cheshire, William P Jr The synapse is a specialized junction through which neurons – the brain’s fundamental cellular units – signal other cells. An examination of patterns of neural transmission at the synapse provides an interesting small-scale paradigm for considering principles of effective and ineffective communication among and within […]

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Celebrating two decades of publication

Celebrating two decades of publication Gloria, Soli Deo Several convergences make this issue of the journal momentous. First, as the journal goes to press, the world is awaiting confirmation of whether the Raelians-a sect that teaches that human beings were deposited on earth 25,000 years, ago by extraterrestrials-have cloned a human baby or whether they […]

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE ETHICAL ISSUES

DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER ONLINE GENETIC TESTING AND THE FOUR PRINCIPLES: AN ANALYSIS OF THE ETHICAL ISSUES Wasson, Katherine Abstract The development of genetic tests marketed and sold direct-to-consumers (DTC) via the internet raises moral concerns and debate about their appropriateness and ethical and clinical significance. These tests are offered for a wide range of diseases and conditions, […]

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CEREBRAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, ‘LIBETIAN’ ACTION, AND EUTHANASIA

CEREBRAL NEUROPHYSIOLOGY, ‘LIBETIAN’ ACTION, AND EUTHANASIA Howsepian, A A Abstract I assess, in this essay, some of the philosophical implications of a unique research program under the direction of neurophysiologist Benjamin Libet. Some of the conclusions reached by Libet extend far beyond physiological bounds into the metaphysician’s arena and, hence, have been hotly debated in […]

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Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death

Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death Netland, Harold Into the Jaws of Yama, Lord of Death: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death Karma Lekshe Tsomo. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0791468326; 270 PAGES, CLOTH $83.50, PAPER $27.95 The growing prominence of Buddhism within the American religious […]

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Stem Cell Debate Gets Hotter-and What We Need to Do About It, The

Stem Cell Debate Gets Hotter-and What We Need to Do About It, The de S Cameron, Nigel M Nancy Reagan’s recent intervention in the debate over federal funding of destructive embryo stem-cell research has given fresh heart to those pressure groups, celebrities and biotech enthusiasts who are seeking to overturn President Bush’s careful policy compromise-which […]