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a resource of the Bioethics Institute of Loyola Marymount University

THE BIOETHICS HUB

AT THE BIOETHICS INSTITUTE

The Bioethics Hub is a resource for healthcare providers, bioethicists, scholars, and students in Southern California and beyond. There are academic articles, interviews with bioethicists, links to ethics-related news items, and local bioethics events.

This site is managed by the Bioethics Institute at Loyola Marymount University.

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A.I. & Bioethics: A Chat with ChatGPT

January 19, 2023 (LMU)

The groundbreaking artificial intelligence (A.I.) program ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. Many ethical concerns about this program remain to be answered including bias, academic honesty, and mental health. We asked ChatGPT about a number of bioethical topics and learned about many issues at the forefront of A.I. and bioethics. 

To read more, click here.

"Life Ongoing": A Film By Tomi Kufel 

December 02, 2022 (LMU)

On Friday, December 2, 2022, The Bioethics Institute and SFTV jointly screened a short film created and directed by Tomi entitled “Life Ongoing” in the Ahmanson Auditorium to a group of students and faculty. Following the screening, Tomi was joined by Suni M, an actor who depicts the character “Phoebe” in the film, and Dr. Alex Zambrano, an instructor in LMU’s Philosophy department and Bioethics Institute, to answer audience questions about the film’s inspiration, production and themes.

To read more, click here.

A Conversation about the President's Council on Bioethics

November 14, 2022 (LMU)

Dr. Joseph Raho talked with students about his time working for the President's Council on Bioethics from 2006-2009. Dr. Raho discussed his journey to Bioethics coming out of his undergraduate studies and how his work at the President's Council influenced his career. The conversation concluded with a Q&A, and Dr. Raho gave advice to students on the importance of networking and taking advantage of opportunities in life.

To access the recording, click here.

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SPOTLIGHT

This section features interviews with and narratives of Southern California bioethicists as well as students and faculty of the LMU Bioethics Institute. 

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Spotlight
News

NATIONAL AND GLOBAL BIOETHICS NEWS, SCHOLARSHIP, AND ISSUES 

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OF VALENCIA

The Observatory  is a monthly collection of special reports and news based on the latest biomedical and biotechnological research findings from the top medical and scientific journals.

BIOETHICS IN ACADEMIC LITERATURE

The Johns Hopkins weekly roundup is a compilation of bioethical research in global academic literature.

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6.8 million expected to lose Medicaid when paperwork hurdles return

January 24, 2023

(NPR)

Robert, who lives in Philadelphia, knows signing up for Medicaid can be tricky with his ADHD, so he brought his daughter along to help him fill out the paperwork.

"If we miss one little detail, they would reject you," says Robert, who has had the government health insurance for people on low incomes in the past. "I usually get two applications, so if I mess up on one. I can do the other one."

Read the article here

ChatGPT talks its way through Wharton MBA, medical exams

January 24, 2023

(The Register)

OpenAI's chat software ChatGPT, if let loose on the world, would score between a B and a B- on Wharton business school's Operations Management exam, and would approach or exceed the score needed to pass the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).

While this may say more about the static, document-centric nature of testing material than the intellectual prowess of software, it's nonetheless a matter of concern and interest for educators, and just about everyone else living in the age of automation.

Read the article here

Navigating the ethics of ancient human DNA research

January 19, 2023

(Knowable Magazine)

Paleogenomic research has expanded rapidly over the past two decades, igniting heated debate about handling remains. Who gives consent for study participants long gone — and who should speak for them today? The 2022 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine has brought fresh attention to paleogenomics, the sequencing of DNA of ancient specimens. Swedish geneticist Svante Pääbo won the coveted prize “for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution.”

Read the article here

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Below you will find bioethics events and opportunities. 

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