Tagged: ethics

To be truly ethical, vaccine mandates must be about more than just lifting jab rates - COVID-19

Guest Author Oct 12, 2021

Matheson Russell, University of Auckland   As New Zealand’s race to lift vaccination rates continues, and with pressure to lift social and economic restrictions too, the role of vaccine mandates is coming into sharper focus. Yesterday the government signalled stricter rules will apply in health and education. But while public sentiment appears to be on the side of … Read More

Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain - News

Guest Author Sep 16, 2021

Julian Koplin, The University of Melbourne and Christopher Gyngell, The University of Melbourne   US startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of the Siberian tundra. Colossal has received US$15 million in initial funds to support research conducted by Harvard geneticist George … Read More

Jacinda Ardern calls for ‘ethical algorithms’ to combat online extremism. What this means - News

Guest Author May 18, 2021

Nathalie Collins, Edith Cowan University   New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has called for “ethical algorithms” to help stop online radicalisation. She made her call on the weekend at the second summit of the “Christchurch Call” for action to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. The first Christchurch Call summit was convened by Ardern and French president … Read More

Is ‘Spot’ a good dog? Why we’re right to worry about unleashing robot quadrupeds - Hot off the press

Guest Author May 05, 2021

Jeremy Moses, University of Canterbury and Geoffrey Ford, University of Canterbury   When it comes to dancing, pulling a sled, climbing stairs or doing tricks, “Spot” is definitely a good dog. It can navigate the built environment and perform a range of tasks, clearly demonstrating its flexibility as a software and hardware platform for commercial use. Viral videos of Boston … Read More

Curb population growth to tackle climate change: now that’s a tough ask - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 01, 2021

Michael P. Cameron, University of Waikato Population growth plays a role in environmental damage and climate change. But addressing climate change through either reducing or reversing growth in population raises difficult moral questions that most people would prefer to avoid having to answer. The English political economist Thomas Robert Malthus laid out a compelling argument against overpopulation … Read More

Bioethicists, Scientists and Politicians; Decision Making in a Pandemic - Unsorted

Public Health Expert Dec 01, 2020

Dr Ben Gray* To date New Zealand has come through the pandemic well. The role of political leadership and scientific input has been well covered. Part of this success was built upon having a clear ethical framework for managing a pandemic that had been developed in advance following the SARS outbreak. This blog considers the interaction between the science the … Read More

Science and environmental conflicts e.g., 1080 poison - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Dec 01, 2018

The responses to my recent article reveal that some in the conservation community, including scientists, policy-makers and managers, are having difficulty understanding the difference between facts and values. They appear also to be having trouble understanding how the distinction is an important guide to scientists when they advocate publicly for one side of an environmental conflict, like that currently … Read More

What He said - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 30, 2018

Peter Mills, Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics I arrived in Hong Kong on Monday lunchtime for the second ‘international summit’ on genome editing amid stories circulating that gene-edited twin girls had been born to a Chinese couple. The editing, it was claimed, had targeted the CCR5 gene, with the aim of introducing a variant that confers immunity to HIV … Read More

The Ethical Quandary of Human Infection Studies - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 22, 2018

Linda Nordling In February of last year, 64 healthy adult Kenyans checked into a university residence in the coastal town of Kilifi. After a battery of medical tests, they proceeded, one by one, into a room where a doctor injected them with live malaria parasites. Left untreated, the infection could have sickened or even killed them, since malaria claims hundreds … Read More