Stories tagged medical ethics

May
22
2008

You want to do what with my DNA?: A California company is auctioning off the rights to make clones of the dogs of the five highest online bidders.
You want to do what with my DNA?: A California company is auctioning off the rights to make clones of the dogs of the five highest online bidders.Courtesy monkeyc.net
A man’s best friend could become a permanent best friend under a proposal being floated by a California company. BioArts International is offering to clone the dogs of the five highest bidders, guaranteeing that they’ll always have some version of their favorite pet throughout their life.

But before you get too excited, it won’t be cheap. Opening bid prices are $100,000. And the chief cloner is scientist from South Korea who was discredited by having faked research in an earlier cloning project. The research team has already made three cloned dogs from the DNA of dog from BioArts’ CEO. The original dog, Missy, died in 2002.

There are plenty of issues to chew on this ethical bone. The fervent anti-cloners fear that this could be the first step in human cloning. If people are willing to pony up the dough to duplicate a favorite pet, wouldn’t that stoke the fires for creating a duplicate of a favorite baby or child?

On the flip side, pro-cloners say why not continue to give people the joy and pleasures they receive from a favorite pet even after its lifetime ends.

The BioArts CEO vouches for the effectiveness of dog cloning. Missy’s clones exhibit much of the same behavioral characteristics he saw in Missy. You've got some time to round up the cash if you want to do this to your dog. The auction begins on June 18. More details are hear at the BioArts website.

So what do you think? Is this a good idea? Would you like to clone your dog? Is so, how much would you be willing to pay? Share your thoughts here with other Buzz readers.

Apr
29
2008

Modern medicine provides many new treatments. But do those treatments always respect the rights of patients and their families? Do some treatments go too far, running against the desires of society at large?

Here at the Science Museum of Minnesota we are hosting the Deadly Medicine exhibit that looks at the history of science taken too far in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. The last day to see the Deadly Medicine exhibit is this Sunday, May 4th, 2008.

How are the lessons of history informing current day questions of medical ethics? Read the three case studies that follow. Tell us which action you would choose. Then, see if your decision changes as you learn more information. You can see how your answers relate to the answers of other visitors after you complete each survey.

Test-tube babies - Cochlear implants - Assisted suicide