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Distributing a COVID-19 vaccine raises complex ethical issues
Published July 1, 2020
Bioethicist Ruth Faden says a vaccine is no 'silver bullet' for ending the pandemic—once a vaccine is developed, complex questions of distribution and access arise
The ethical challenges of digital contact tracing
Published May 26, 2020
Jeffrey Kahn, director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, discusses the ethical considerations of using digital technologies for public health surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic
The complex ethics of reopening America
Published May 26, 2020
Bioethicist Justin Bernstein explores the many considerations that should factor into decisions about how and when to relax social distancing measures
Examining clinician burnout in health industries
Published Dec 26, 2019
Cynda Hylton Rushton shares insights about the issues that contribute to the burnout of health care providers
Berman Institute
Bioethicist sounds alarm on 'worst-case scenario' drug shortage
Published Nov 22, 2019
Hematologist/oncologist Yoram Unguru helped raise awareness recently when a pharmaceutical company stopped producing a widely used pediatric cancer drug
Lulu, Nana, and 'Gattaca'
Published Jan 17, 2019
Students debate the ethical issues surrounding the recent birth of genetically altered twins who were designed to be HIV-resistant
Two centuries of Frankenstein
Published Oct 29, 2018
Experts from Johns Hopkins discuss the issues raised by Mary Shelley's groundbreaking novel
Experimental fetal therapy needs trial testing, bioethicists say
Published Dec 13, 2017
Amnioinfusion therapy could aid lung development in fetuses that do not develop kidneys
Horsepox synthesis raises questions for science
Published July 11, 2017
Director of JHU's Center for Health Security discusses the implications of this ominous research breakthrough
20 years after ACHRE
Published Oct 5, 2016
Symposium explores ethical fallout of government-sponsored radiation experiments conducted on unsuspecting citizens