Tag: ethics

October 2019
News

Most people underestimate risk of others’ access to their biological data

by  /  20 October 2019

People in the United States view certain personal information, such as their social security number, as more sensitive than data about their physical or mental well-being.

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Cerebellum brain cells, light micrograph.
Opinion / Q&A

U.S. initiative grapples with ethical questions on brain research

by  /  19 October 2019

Khara Ramos explains how the Brain Initiative incorporates the emerging field of ‘neuroethics’ into the research it funds.

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Opinion

Model program could divert some 911 calls from police to mental health professionals

by ,  /  15 October 2019

Denver, Colorado, is one of at least eight cities considering an Oregon program to decriminalize and improve the treatment of people with severe mental illness — while saving the city money.

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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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