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12/08/2017 - 2:23pm

This is the first post by Carmel Shachar and I. Glenn Cohen that appears on the Health Affairs Blog in a series stemming from the Sixth Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event to be held at Harvard Law School on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. 2017 was … Continue reading →

12/08/2017 - 1:43pm

When does human life begin? One of the more contentious bioethical and legal issues is about the beginning of human life. Nor is it difficult grasp why, for beyond political rhetoric it is a subject of considerable philosophical and legal … Continue reading →

12/08/2017 - 12:33pm

What could possibly go wrong? Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. Researchers like us use computers to analyze DNA, operate lab equipment and store genetic information. But new capabilities also mean new risks – and biologists remain largely unaware of the potential vulnerabilities that come with digitizing biotechnology

12/08/2017 - 11:30am

Under the expert guidance of Karen Rothenberg, JD, MPA, Marjorie Cook Professor of Law, the students spent 13 intense weeks exploring the ethical, legal, social, and policy issues raised by genomics research

12/08/2017 - 9:26am

Conscious machines would also raise troubling legal and ethical problems. Would a conscious machine be a “person” under law and be liable if its actions hurt someone, or if something goes wrong? To think of a more frightening scenario, might these machines rebel against humans and wish to eliminate us altogether? If yes, they represent the culmination of evolution

12/08/2017 - 9:02am

"Smart pills” that can track whether or when you’ve taken your medication might be helpful for some people. Unfortunately, the first smart pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Abilify MyCite, is a drug used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. That raises tricky ethical issues

12/08/2017 - 3:30am

While Simon's Law bills were introduced in several states in 2017, only Kansas enacted one. Yet, already, legislators in other states, for example in Missouri, are already filing Simon's Law bills for the 2018 session.

12/08/2017 - 3:30am

While Simon's Law bills were introduced in several states in 2017, only Kansas enacted one. Yet, already, legislators in other states, for example in Missouri, are already filing Simon's Law bills for the 2018 session.

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12/07/2017 - 10:11am

Female medical residents and physicians endure bias and a larger burden with home duties. They also face a greater risk of depression

12/07/2017 - 10:03am

Uganda has a strategy for giving scarce morphine to patients in pain. But many poor nations won’t emulate it, over fear of an opioid epidemic