In the case of abortion, one pits the life of the fetus against the interests of the pregnant woman.
The abortion controversy is important for what it says about our stance toward procreation and children altogether.
The neuroscience area - which is absolutely in its infancy - is much more important than genetics.
Nobody knew in advance that in vitro fertilization would be, by and large, safe.
There were certain questions about the foundations of morals that advances in science all threaten to make more complicated.
An enormous amount of direct advertising from pharmaceutical companies are offering a kind of instantaneous solution to problems.
Almost everybody is enthusiastic about the promise of biotechnology to cure disease and to relieve suffering.
There's an ancient tension between wanting to savor the world as it is and wanting to improve on the world as given.
The human animal has evolved as a preeminently social animal.
The benefits of biomedical progress are obvious, clear, and powerful. The hazards are much less well appreciated.
It's very hard to make arguments about the effects of cloning on family relations if family relations are in tatters.
Is it possible to covet a much longer life for one's self and be as devoted to the well-being of the next generation? It's a long argument.