This Week in Bioethics #93

by Matthew Eppinette, CBC Executive Director on January 5, 2018

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1. Thank YOU!

Thank you so very much to all who donated as part of our end-of-year matching challenge. We are well over our $30,000 matching grant goal, and we are still expecting more checks to arrive in today’s mail. All that we’ve been able to accomplish is because of individuals and foundations who have given generously and given faithfully. We cannot thank you enough.

Please, please know how grateful we both are for each and every gift and for each and every giver.

Once again, thank YOU!

2. Looking for Love using DNA and Algorithms

A new Houston company is developing a dating app that uses DNA and algorithms to determine who you are most likely to be attracted to. “I won’t know what you look like, what your heritage is, what your disease status is . . . All I know is the 11 genes for attractions, from which I’ll know who you think is hot and who you won’t like.”

3. Leadership Fail

In the wake of Arizona Representative Trent Frank’s resignation for approaching female employees about serving as surrogates, there has been much discussion in the press about the ethics of the practice of surrogacy. This week Jennifer told the National Catholic Registry, “Rep. Franks should be on the right side of the issue, but he’s part of the problem . . . IVF-assisted reproduction is not pro-life.”

4. Genes and Weight Loss

Direct to consumer DNA company 23andMe is launching a study to examine the role of genes in weight loss. “The crowdsourced study may prove to be the most comprehensive attempt yet to discern the links between people’s genes and dieting success. 23andMe hopes what it learns will let it create predictive models that provide tailored weight loss advice as part of its consumer genetic reports.”

5. Duty to Die

Helena Berger of the American Association of People with Disabilities traces out ways in which the costs of providing healthcare and the legalization of assisted suicide push toward a duty to die. She writes, “the deadly combination of assisted suicide and our profit-driven health care system does in fact steer some patients toward lethal drugs, the cheapest form of ‘treatment.’”

Lagniappe

“Technological progress is not the same thing as moral progress—and in fact, can be its opposite.”
— Rod Dreher

 

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