challenging religious privilege in public life

David Warmflash


Artificial wombs: The coming era of motherless births?

Scientifically, it’s called ectogenesis, a term coined by J.B.S. Haldane in 1924. His prediction may yet be on target.

Abortion Rights in the United States Part 1: Jane Roe

In January 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anti-abortion laws represent an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.

Abortion Rights in the United States Part 2: The Trimester Framework

Humans putting thought into the matter realized that you just don't become a sentient being, all of a sudden, at the moment of conception.

Abortion Rights in the United States Part 3: Planned Parenthood versus Casey

Planned Parenthood v. Casey overturned the Roe trimester framework in favour of a viability analysis, thereby allowing states to implement abortion restrictions.

‘Rebooting the brain’: Our fight to bring people back from the dead

A striking feature of medicine over the past few centuries has been our growing ability to bring people back from the "dead".

A Surprising Breakthrough Will Allow Tiny Implants to Fix – and Even Upgrade – Your Body

Like insulin pumps and cardiac pacemakers, the medical implants of the future will go where they are needed, on or inside the body.

Artificial wombs could create seismic shift in the debate over abortion, reproductive rights

How will it play out between religious forces and the rapidly secularizing societies of the countries where the technology will first be used?

Religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

It is difficult to examine society’s acceptance or rejection of key biotech developments without considering the role played by major religions.

Our brains as hard drives – could we delete, modify or add memories and skills?

At MIT’s Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, for example, scientists have modified memories in mice using an optogenetic interface.

We can identify ‘bad’ genes. Why can’t we use CRISPR gene editing to get rid of them?

A desirable option would be to use CRISPR gene editing to essentially cut out the unwanted gene. There are, however, many challenges ahead.