The Ethics Blog

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

Month: February 2017

Stem cell therapy remains a form of treatment

There is a picture of stem cell therapy: It is in harmony with the body’s own way of functioning. Damaged tissue is regenerated as the body always regenerates tissue: through stem cells maturing into new body cells. Patients can then hope for a body without a trace of disease: a healed body that takes care […]

Commercialization, but not at any price

In a previous post, I tried to make the point that the pharmaceutical industry can support altruism between research participants and patients, despite the fact that the industry itself is not altruistic but is driven by profit. Medical research will not benefit patients, unless results are developed into commercially available treatments. However, this presupposes, of […]

Not just facts, ideas are also needed

When fraudulent “academic” journals publish articles without proper peer review. When websites online spread fake information. When politicians talk about alternative facts. Then undeniably, one feels a need for a general tightening up. A possible problem in this reaction is that we castrate ourselves. That we don’t dare to propose and discuss ideas about the […]