Bioethics @ TIU

Drug abuse, suicide and hopelessness

Posted August 16th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

A recent article in the Hastings Center bioethics forum caught my eye. It was titled “Removing the Stigma from Stigmatopin to Help Curb Opioid Dependence”. The author, Chelsea Cox, had created the term Stigmatopin to try to help make her case that marijuana should be used as a treatment for opioid dependence to reduce the high rate of deaths from opioid overdose that we are… // Read More »

CRISPR and Identity

Posted August 15th, 2017 by Mark McQuain

Dr. Joel Reynolds, a postdoctoral fellow at The Hastings Center recently wrote a very poignant essay in Time magazine arguing that our increasing ability to edit our own genetic code risks eventually eliminating the very genetic code that results in people like his younger brother Jason, who was born with muscle-eye-brain disease, resulting in muscular dystrophy, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, severe nearsightedness and intellectual disability. In… // Read More »

Charlottesville and Imago Dei

Posted August 14th, 2017 by Janie Valentine

In light of the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, it is as important as ever for believers in America to understand and be able to communicate what it means that all human beings are made in the image of God. I have included a couple of excerpts from Dr. John F. Kilner’s Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God below, and recommend… // Read More »

The NFL & CTEs, again

Posted August 7th, 2017 by Neil Skjoldal

Channel surfing last week, I was shocked to see that there was an NFL preseason game on TV already. With the arrival of the NFL season comes a report from The New York Times on a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.  The convenience study included the brains of 111 former NFL players, 110 of which were found to have evidence… // Read More »

The goal of human embryonic gene editing is enhancement

Posted August 2nd, 2017 by Steve Phillips

As Jon Holmlund reported in his post last week, research on the editing of genes in human embryos is now being conducted in the United States. The door to doing this research was opened by the consensus report on Human Genome Editing published by the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year. That report encouraged the pursuit of research on gene editing in human embryos… // Read More »

Is Involuntary Temporary Reversible Sterilization Always Wrong?

Posted August 1st, 2017 by Mark McQuain

Ever since Janie Valentine’s blog post last week I have been thinking about the problem of repeat drug offenders and their children. My home state is also Tennessee so I read Judge Sam Benningfield’s order (to reduce prison sentences by 30 days for any drug offender willing to “consent” to voluntary temporary sterilization) with particular local and regional interest. My office practice is on a… // Read More »

Human genetic editing (engineering) is here

Posted July 27th, 2017 by Jon Holmlund

A “hat tip” again to Wesley Smith, who at the National Review Online blog, provided a link to this week’s report in the MIT Technology Review that the first editing of genes in human embryos in the US is underway—and apparently not yet formally published—at an academic center in Portland, Oregon.  Similar efforts have been undertaken in China, but US scientists have been a little… // Read More »

Common ground in ethical debates

Posted July 26th, 2017 by Steve Phillips

On 7/10/17, Janie Valentine posted a review of the new book, Why People Matter, edited by John Kilner. Recently while I was on vacation I had the chance to read it and found the basic concept of the book very interesting. It begins with the idea that people on opposite sides of many of the ethical debates in our society actually have common ground that… // Read More »

Eugenics in Tennessee

Posted July 24th, 2017 by Janie Valentine

A recent news story from my home state of Tennessee brings up questions of informed consent, reproductive ethics, eugenics, opioid abuse, and other bioethical issues.  In May, White County judge Sam Benningfield issued an order that allows inmates to have their sentences reduced by thirty days if they consent to sterilization procedures: vasectomies for men and (reversible) Nexplanon implants for women.  Benningfield’s order is his… // Read More »

Ethical Health Care Reform

Posted July 21st, 2017 by Joe Gibes

Recently I heard a Christian TV personality refer to Obamacare as “iniquitous.” This started me thinking, What would make a health care funding reform scheme “iniquitous”? Or, although the words aren’t synonymous, what would make such a scheme unethical? What should go into ethical health care reform? The answers to these questions are legion and conflicting. There are some who see government intervention as inherently… // Read More »