Did geneticists really breach an ethical taboo? A comment by Rob Cole

[On Octobe 24, 2012 Rob Stein blogged this ‘Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo by Changing Genes Across Generations‘ on npr.org. The article begins: Geneticist reported Wednesday that they had crossed a threshold long considered off-limits: They have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next. The article goes […]

Must’ve been ‘that time of the month’ for her to cast that vote

Apparently there is a study coming out in a peer-reviewed journal that questions whether women’s hormones play a part in their voting preferences.  A journalist at CNN decided to run a story about this.  You can read more about it here, here, and here. After causing outrage the story has been retracted. The gist of […]

Young women, don’t drink because it’s high in calories: Is this the right message? – Stacey Broom

According to this article, A labour MP in New Zealand has argued that if young women knew how many calories there were in alcoholic drinks they might think twice before getting drunk. I’m not sure how I feel about this.  In New Zealand we don’t have a particularly healthy attitude to drinking.  That is just […]

Hypothetical STD Registry – A thought experiment by a bioethics student

This is an excerpt of a bioethics student’s paper submitted as a coursework assignment. They were kind enough allow it to be published on this blog. Hopefully it will generate some constructive feedback.   Imagine a situation whereby a law was passed that required all STD’s to be registered and put on an open source […]

The role of Bioethics in Rehumanising Medicine? A comment from a bioethics postgrad

I was reading this article, which is essentially about how to keep the ‘human element’ central in the practice of medicine, especially amidst all the technological advances that have been gained from reductionist methodologies. It puts this in a historical context starting from about the end of the 19th century, the rough time at which the author reports that biomedical science really began […]

What is Bioethics? A Conversation – By Professor Grant Gillett

Professor Grant Gillett has kindly offered us his more than half-baked conversation on ‘What is Bioethics?’  Comments and feedback are welcome. A: Bioethics, what is that? Philosophy I know, psychology I know, sociology I know, even anthropology I have a passing acquaintance with although I do not like to admit to it in proper academic […]

Disconnect between memories and experiences, why Mondays aren’t so blue – By Stacey Broom

I came across an article, ‘Mondays Aren’t as Blue as We Think,’ which I found quite interesting.  Essentially what the author, Arthur A. Stone, says is that our feelings about experiences can be retrospective, in that what we remember of the experience shapes how we feel about the experience.  Rather than our actual experiences shaping […]

Running scared from perceived Potter partnership? – By Stacey Broom

I read an article yesterday that I found a little interesting. Apparently, a natural therapy clinic had been established at Whanganui Hospital but has since been put on hold due it its links with witchcraft. Okay, I admit to being a little naive about what a link with witchcraft means in 2012. To me, a link with […]

Half-baked thoughts

Welcome to Ars Coquinaria Bioethique, the home of the half-baked thought.  This blog was set up by students of the Bioethics Centre at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.  As students it’s easy to feel intimidated by “proper” academic blogs because you might not feel like your ideas are as good as the “real” academics. […]