Latest Scientific Ethics Headlines

Real Change For Outdated Genetic Laws

Sun, 15 May 2022 13:09:26 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand can’t afford to be left behind as genetic engineering advancements transform the agriculture sector,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron. “As part of ACT's Real Change Budget, we would make changes to the ...More >>

A Mother’s Day Message From Patient Voice Aotearoa

Fri, 6 May 2022 13:32:14 +1200 | Patient Voice Aotearoa

Parents Voice Aotearoa wants to acknowledge those whānau who have lost their mums and who will be experiencing Mother’s Day without their loved ones.More >>

Significant Number Of Moderna And Pfizer Shareholders Support Vaccine Technology Transfer

Sat, 30 Apr 2022 05:17:39 +1200 | Oxfam

An Oxfam resolution before Moderna shareholders received 24% of the nominal vote, or 29% of the independent vote factoring in the 17% of the vote share owned by the company's directors and senior executives. A similar resolution before Pfizer shareholders ...More >>

Leaked Proposal On WTO COVID-19 Monopolies A Small Step; More Needed For Equitable Global Access To Vaccines, Treatments

Thu, 17 Mar 2022 06:50:23 +1300 | AFTINET

March 16, 2022 Leaked proposal on WTO COVID-19 monopolies a small step but more needed for equitable global access to vaccines and treatments, say advocates After 18 months of talks, a leaked document proposing a deal between the United States, ...More >>

UN Rights Chief Leads Call For Global COVID-19 Vaccine Equity

Fri, 11 Mar 2022 19:36:29 +1300 | UN News

The global failure to deliver enough COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries “is prolonging the pandemic” and causing tens of thousands of preventable deaths every week, senior UN figures told the Human Rights Council on Thursday. To date, more ...More >>

An Oath That Stands The Test Of Time

Sat, 5 Feb 2022 20:10:00 +1300 | Ian Powell

The Hippocratic Oath is an oath of medical ethics historically taken by all doctors. It is the earliest expression of medical ethics establishing several principles which remain of paramount significance today, including confidentiality ...More >>

Fujitsu Establishes AI Ethics & Governance Office To Ensure Safe & Secure Deployment Of AI & Leading-edge Tech

Sat, 29 Jan 2022 20:48:18 +1300 | JCN Newswire

Fujitsu Establishes AI Ethics and Governance Office to Ensure the Safe and Secure Deployment of AI and Leading-edge Technologies in Society TOKYO, Jan 28, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited today announced the decision to establish a new organization ...More >>

Rich Countries Have Received More Vaccines In Run-up To Christmas Than African Countries Have All Year

Sat, 25 Dec 2021 06:56:53 +1300 | Oxfam Aotearoa

The EU, UK and US have received more doses in the last six weeks than African countries have received all year. Global rollout at speed of UK’s booster programme could vaccinate the world by February. At current rates vaccine manufacturers will fail ...More >>

Science, Scientists, And Scientism

Mon, 6 Dec 2021 09:13:27 +1300 | Keith Rankin

Science, in the not-so-recent-past, has often had a bad press. It's been personified, particularly by the political left, as Frankenstein, as agents of capitalism, classical liberalism, colonialism, sexism (yang over yin), eugenics, and god-like pretension. ...More >>

Uncontrollable Species Collapse Too High A Price For GE Predator Control

Sat, 20 Nov 2021 15:07:49 +1300 | GE Free NZ

Using Genetic Engineering (GE) technologies such as gene editing for predator control to drive population collapse or extinction, pose unknown dangers and much suffering. [1] Scientists have openly expressed concerns about the ability to control gene trait ...More >>

It's not possible to control a super intelligent AI

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 16:50:28 +1300 | Digitl

Science fiction writers have worried about the idea of artificial intelligence getting out of control for years. More >>

The End Of The Transition Period Disrupts Supply For Thousands Of Patients

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 14:33:07 +1300 | MCANZ

Recently the Minister of Health Andrew little confirmed there will be no extension for most CBD products patients have been prescribed and are using successfully. Andrew talked of making major adjustments to several health initiatives but has decided ...More >>

Artificial Intelligence Risks To Privacy Demand Urgent Action – Bachelet

Thu, 16 Sep 2021 06:18:52 +1200 | UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

GENEVA (15 September 2021) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday stressed the urgent need for a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems that pose a serious risk to human rights until adequate ...More >>

Boris The Barbaric Threatens More Than The UK

Sun, 18 Jul 2021 19:25:26 +1200 | Ian Powell

Last Tuesday my oldest daughter Lana returned from London where she teaches for six weeks during the northern summer. That same day I was one of two panellists on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel which runs Monday to Friday from 3.45pm to 5pm. Much ...More >>

WHO Guidance On Artificial IntelligenceTo Improve Healthcare, Mitigate Risks Worldwide

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 18:20:43 +1200 | UN News

Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds “enormous potential” for improving the health of millions around the world if ethics and human rights are at the heart of its design, deployment, and use, the head of the UN health agency said on Monday. “Like all ...More >>

Ministry Wrong To See Future In GE Cigarettes

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 08:30:30 +1200 | GE Free NZ

There is concern that The Ministry of Health has been hoodwinked into promoting Genetic Engineering of tobacco as a credible option towards a Smoke Free Aotearoa. Submissions on the Smoke Free 2025 consultation document have closed, and it is positive ...More >>

Data Ethics: New Challenges For An Old Problem

Wed, 2 Jun 2021 06:17:42 +1200 | Carnegie Mellon University

Is it right to warn people when an algorithm predicts they are likely to commit a crime? Should the use of a facial recognition artificial intelligence tool that identifies people as gay be banned? Is it right for a visa application screening ...More >>

NZ Scientists Warned About Danger Of GE Viruses And Microbes

Sat, 15 May 2021 13:30:57 +1200 | GE Free NZ

New Zealand scientists interviewed on Newshub [1] calling for loosening regulatory controls on Genetic Engineering must heed warnings from overseas, and international standards of regulation need to be strengthened against the risks of genetically ...More >>

Warning About Potential Impacts On Humanity Through Embryo Gene Editing

Thu, 6 May 2021 05:19:40 +1200 | PR Newswire

SINGAPORE, May 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- A global conference on human fertility has been warned of huge societal and ethical challenges regulating advances in gene editing in assisted reproduction. Speaking at the 10th Congress of the Asian Pacific Initiative ...More >>

Researchers Have Grown ‘Human Embryos’ From Skin Cells. What Does That Mean, And Is It Ethical?

Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:24:25 +1300 | The Conversation

Megan Munsie , The University of Melbourne and Helen Abud , Monash University Researchers have successfully grown model versions of early human embryos by “reprogramming” cells from human skin. The breakthrough potentially opens up new ways to study the ...More >>


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