The Ethics Blog

A blog from the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Month: May 2015

Where is consciousness?

  Would it be possible to use brain imaging techniques to detect consciousness and then “read” directly in people’s brains what they want or do not want? Could one, for example, ask a severely brain injured patient for consent to some treatment, and then obtain an answer through a brain scan? Together with the philosopher […]

Online research ethics: A pedagogic challenge

Researchers, scientists and professionals who are somehow involved in research, need to develop an ability to detect ethical problems. But we also need to learn how to do something about them. – How can we learn? The Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) has developed a web-based training in research ethics. And now we are […]

Risks are not just about numbers

On a daily basis, we are informed about risks. The media tell us that obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and that we can reduce the risk of Alzheimers by eating the right kind of food. We are confronted with the potential danger of nanoparticles and mobile phone radiation. Not to mention the never […]

Letting people choose isn’t always the same as respecting them

Sequencing the entire genome is cheaper and faster than ever. But when researchers look at people’s genetic code, they also find unexpected information in the process. Shouldn’t research participants have access to this incidental information? Especially if it is important information that could save a life if there is treatment to offer? The personal benefits […]

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