Videos of past programs that were held by the Ethics Center.

Who owns your cell phone?

Date & Time Wed, 05/04/2011 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview The first part of this talk examined the fact that a cellphone, by itself, is useless; without the cooperation of the operator, the sales and service network, subsidies and the like, it would be an expensive and useless

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The Ethics of Cooling the Planet through Geo-Engineering, Part III

Date & Time Wed, 03/02/2011 5:30-7:00 p.m. Overview Governing Geo-engineering The term geo-engineering covers a range of activities designed either to withdraw greenhouse gases currently residing in the atmosphere or to deflect solar radiation from reaching the Earth’s surface. Some activities of this sort (e.g.

Should patients have a voice in FDA drug approval?

Date & Time Wed, 02/02/2011 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Issues regarding the safety and efficacy of new medical products intersect at the table where FDA regulators and companies negotiate approvals. At present, both parties are constrained: regulators face many “but what if” disincentives, and companies are wary

Human embryonic stem cells: Do unfertilized human eggs offer another way?

Date & Time Wed, 01/05/2011 5:30-7:00 pm Overview As the court battle escalates over federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, scientists continue to pursue alternative stem cell technologies. One such approach involves human parthenogenetic stem cells (hpSC) derived from unfertilized human eggs. These human

The Ethics of Cooling the Planet through Geo-Engineering, Part I

Date & Time Wed, 10/06/2010 5:30-700 p.m. Overview The Ethics of Cooling the Planet through Geo-Engineering, a three part series. Part I: Will Aerosol Particles Prevent Global Warming?   A recent report of the National Academy of Sciences finds that, “A strong, credible body of

Synthetic Genomics: Who is watching?

Date & Time Wed, 09/01/2010 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Recently scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute created the first “synthetic” bacterial cell.  A team of 24 researchers in San Diego and Rockville, MD, synthesized the genome of a small bacterium from the chemicals that make up