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The ethics of neuroimplants and brain-computer interfacesFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Neuralink, a company run by Elon Musk, announced in September that it had received approval to implant wireless brain-computer interfaces (BCI) into human volunteers. A BCI is a neural device that translates ...

Genetic privacy: Should law enforcement have access to your newborn's blood? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Many parents and concerned citizens would probably be surprised to learn that their children's blood samples are being accessed by law enforcement agencies without their knowledge or consent. In ...

Rapid onset gender dysphoriaFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In recent years, the number of young people with gender dysphoria, or extreme discomfort in one's biological sex, has skyrocketed in the U.S. and Western Europe. Professor Lisa Littman, a researcher ...

What about synthetic embryos? Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

Embryonic stem cells have held out a certain appeal and promise because they are remarkably flexible. Researchers can make various cell types out of them, whether nerve cells or pancreatic islet cells, ...

Setting a moral vision as parentsFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

When I was recently visiting with friends, a group of young girls was playing in a neighboring yard. Every few minutes, for more than an hour, one of them would scream at the very top of her lungs. A ...

Holding the line on brain death Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

How do we determine that someone has died? The Uniform Determination of Death Act (UDDA), which has been an important part of the medical and legal landscape in the U.S. for more than 40 years, states: "An ...

Young women giving themselves away for nothingFather Tadeusz Pacholczyk

As internet pornography continues to make inroads into the daily lives of millions, greater numbers of young women are making the decision to participate in its production, with some even seeing it as ...

Dissolving the dead Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk

In recent years, a number of U.S. states have legalized a new way to process human corpses that some have called "dissolving the dead." Its technical name is "alkaline hydrolysis," but it is also known ...