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. Here, you can feel free to send us work in its most infant stage (see the text box, top left of page, for contact details). The purpose of the blog is not to criticise but simply to generate constructive conversation around bioethical issues – and to get those new to blogging to dip their toes in. This blog should be a fun and interesting break away from your study, and it should also serve as a place to cultivate new ideas for you to use in your work. So don’t be shy! We would love to hear from you budding bioethicists.