The Ethics Blog

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

Month: October 2017

Ethics, human rights and responsible innovation

It is difficult to predict the consequences of developing and using new technologies. We interact with smart devices and intelligent software on an almost daily basis. Some of us use prosthetics and implants to go about our business and most of us will likely live to see self-driving cars. In the meantime, Swedish research shows […]

Beyond awareness: the need for a more comprehensive ethics of disorders of consciousness

Disorders of consciousness like coma, unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, and what is known as minimally conscious state, are among the most challenging issues in current ethical debates. Ethical analyses of these states usually focus on the ‘residual’ awareness that these patients might still have. Such awareness is taken to have bearing on other factors that are […]

Acknowledging the biobank and the people who built it

Biomedical research increasingly often uses biological material and information collected in biobanks. In order for a biobank to work efficiently, it is important not only that the biological material is stored well. The material must also be made available to science so that researchers easily and responsibly can share samples and information. Creating such a […]

The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

In the old days, economists received the Nobel Prize for identifying the human with an economic ideal of rationality. Nowadays, they are awarded the Nobel Prize for pointing out that the human is not rational. Apparently, economists know how to maximize Nobel Prize wins using an intellectual capital they never had. 🙂 Pär Segerdahl

Communicating risk in human terms

The concept of risk used in genetics is a technical term. For the specialist, risk is the probability of an undesired event, for example, that an individual develops some form of cancer. Risk is usually stated as a percentage. It is well known that patients have difficulties to access the probability notion of risk. What […]

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