The Ethics Blog

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

Month: March 2019

Reality surpasses our concepts

After thinking for some time about donation of human eggs and embryos to stem cell research, I want to express myself as in the headline. Reality surpasses our concepts of it. This is not as strange as it sounds. For, if our concepts already reflected reality, then no one would need to do research, or […]

On “truly” understanding the risk

It is a well-known psychological fact that people have great difficulties to understand probabilistic risks. What does it actually mean that the risk of developing breast cancer the next ten years is fifteen percent? In addition to the difficulties of understanding probabilities, mathematical expressions can cause a false appearance of exactitude and objectivity. It is […]

Genetic risk entails genetic responsibility

Intellectual optimists have seen genetic risk information as a human victory over nature. The information gives us power over our future health. What previously would have been our fate, genetics now transforms into matters of personal choice. Reality, however, is not as rosy as in this dream of intellectual power over life. Where there is […]