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  • California's Physician-Assisted Suicide Law

    Dr. Aaron Kheriaty is a psychiatrist and medical ethicist at the University of California, Irvine. He has been writing, debating, and video recording his opposition to California’s law on physician-assisted suicide. He has focused on the role of treatable depression in a patient’s decision to request physician-assisted suicide, the “social contagion” aspect of suicide, and economic incentives for state governments to pay physician-assisted suicide rather than expensive medical treatments. Examples of his work can be found at:

  • The Discovery of DNA: Implications for the 21st Century

    Dr. James Dewey Watson, having received the 1962 Nobel Laureate for his part in discovering the structure of the DNA molecule, discusses the popular question of nature and nurture. This topic questions whether genetics or the environment affect humanity’s traits such as personality, intelligence, and values. The question of nature and nurture is a popular one today. It is commonly questioned whether genes or the environment determine aspects of one’s life, such as personality, intelligence, values, etc. A wide variety of opinions come into play. Having received the 1962 Nobel Laureate for his part in discovering the structure of the DNA molecule, Dr. James Dewey Watson is the perfect source of insight for this topic. This discovery launched a revolution in science, which has in turn launched many discussions. Again, the question of nature and nurture is one of the many being talked about. Watson offers his personal opinions on this topic in a lighthearted spirit. He discusses concepts that are important to consider, such as the concept of developing personal values. He also offers great insight into the connection between this discussion today and the possibilities in the future. The question of nature and nurture is one that is very relevant today. Looking at DNA itself helps us get closer to an answer on this topic. The future possibilities of research on this topic are endless.

  • 21st Century Genetics: Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing Harms | Christine Rosen, Ph.D.

    Fellow for the Project on Biotechnology and American Democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and senior editor of The New Atlantis.

  • A More Perfect Human: The Promise and the Peril of Modern Science

    Hertog Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy

  • In Search of Memory

    2000 Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine) Fred Kavli Professor, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Sciences at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

  • Why is it so Hard to Learn the Ethical Lessons of the Holocaust?

    The Emmanuel and Robert Hart Professor of Bioethics, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

  • Frankenstein or the More Perfect Human: Who Will It Be?

    Associate Professor, History of Medicine, Yale University

  • Immediate Gratification and the Quest for Perfection: A Frank Discussion About the Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Sports

    Co-Medical Director, The Roger Clemens Institute for Sports Medicine & Human Performance, Memorial Hermann, Houston, Texas

  • Disability and Genocide- Where are We Today?

    Senior Vice President at Memorial Hermann | TIRR Hospital, Chairperson of the National Council on Disability

  • The Legacy of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial to American Bioethics and Human Rights

    Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair, Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health

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