Tag: ethics

August 2019
feet in worn sneakers stop in front of a yellow line on the pavement that reads: "United States of America"
News

How the new ‘public charge’ rule affects immigrants’ healthcare benefits

by ,  /  27 August 2019

A new rule to restrict legal immigration, published by the Trump administration this month, is sowing confusion and anxiety even among immigrants not directly affected by it.

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woman behind a 'curtain' of genome sequence
Features / Deep Dive

The problems with prenatal testing for autism

by  /  14 August 2019

As prenatal testing improves, it presents a host of thorny issues — from what to test and how to interpret the results, to what to do about them.

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July 2019
Machine accepts chaotic data flow and puts it back out in an organized flow from the other side
Features / Deep Dive

Un ordinateur peut-il diagnostiquer l’autisme?

by  /  30 July 2019

L’apprentissage automatique (machine learning) présente une possibilité pour aider les cliniciens à repérer l'autisme plus tôt, mais des obstacles techniques et éthiques demeurent.

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Illustration shows man penned in by Police line "do not cross" yellow tape
Features / Deep Dive

When autistic people commit sexual crimes

by  /  17 July 2019

Many first-time sex offenders on the spectrum may not understand the laws they break. How should their crimes be treated?

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News

Animal lab closures in England rattle autism researchers

by  /  15 July 2019

News that two major animal research laboratories are likely to close down within a few years has left some researchers in the United Kingdom uncertain about the future of their work.

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June 2019
News

Book review: ‘The Rosie Result’ crafts foolish caricatures of autism

by  /  18 June 2019

In the final installment of Graeme Simsion’s bestselling Rosie trilogy, the protagonist’s implied autism becomes explicit — and leaves our reviewer cold.

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close up of microscope and researcher's gloved hands
News

How Trump’s fetal-tissue policy impacts medical research

by ,  /  12 June 2019

The announcement this week that the U.S. federal government is changing its policy on the use of human fetal tissue in medical research is designed to please anti-abortion groups.

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May 2019
Genome sequence. The pattern of bands represents the chemical sequence that forms the genetic code for a section of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). The DNA sample was cut into fragments by an enzyme. These fragments were then placed into a gel in the petri dish and separated by electrophoresis, the application of an electric charge. DNA sequencing is used in forensic science, medical research and genealogy.
Opinion

Repairing racial inequality in genetic research

by ,  /  10 May 2019

To boost the participation of marginalized communities in genetic studies, doctors must first win back their trust.

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April 2019
News

U.S. states move to ban pesticide linked to developmental problems

by ,  /  26 April 2019

Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban a widely used pesticide that the Environmental Protection Agency is fighting to keep on the market.

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Mother walking kindergarten age child
News

Despite measles outbreaks, vaccine exemptions easy to obtain in U.S. states

by ,  /  5 April 2019

As measles outbreaks continue across the United States, newly revealed health records from Oregon suggest it’s surprisingly easy to opt out of required vaccinations in that state — as in several others.

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