Open Source Genomic Data in Cold Cases

10/19/2018 Profiled article E. Waltz, “How Genealogy Websites Make It Easier to Catch Killers”, IEEE Spectrum, Oct. 11, 2018. [Online]. Available: https://spectrum.ieee.org/the-human-os/biomedical/ethics/criminals-getting-easier-to-find-thanks-to-genealogy-websites [Accessed: Oct. 16, 2018]. About the…

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The Frozen-Undead: Ethical Implications of Suspended Animation and Cryonics

With the speed of advancement in research and technology, once unrealistic medical procedures and treatments have now started to become a reality. Suspended animation and cryogenics are some of these futuristically imagined ideas. The idea behind suspended animation involves the process of slowing down an organism’s metabolism to an extremely low rate. This puts the organism in a state called the “frozen-undead.” The goal is to revive them back to a normal, stable condition in the future. This process could potentially provide more time for patients in critical condition who cannot be saved by current medicine. However, there has been growing debate about the research and use of suspended animation and cryonics on human subjects. This paper focuses on the ethical implications of continuing this research and critically examines different viewpoints towards freezing organisms.

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