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Old Age & Death
Ask the aged

Who better to answer questions about the purpose of life than someone who has been living theirs for a long time?

Karl Pillemer

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Illness & Disease
The disremembered

Dementia undermines all of our philosophical assumptions about the coherence of the self. But that might be a good thing

Charles Leadbeater

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Old Age & Death
Die like a dog

Pet dogs often have a peaceful death that forestalls protracted suffering and pain. Why can’t we do the same for humans?

Joseph Pierre

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Death
I’d rather be dissected

There are not enough whole-body donations to science. Why don’t people want their death to help the living?

Brooke Borel

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Bioethics
Dead enough

To honour donors, we should harvest organs that have the best chance of helping others – before, not after, death

Walter Glannon

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Death
The good death

It’s a modern dream that we can plan a good and peaceful death but what can we really do to meet the end of all we are?

Mary Talbot

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Illness & Disease
A good forgetting

Personal identity is tied to memory, but sometimes we find peace, clarity and a true sense of completeness in the lapses

Marianne Janack

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Biotechnology
Young blood

From teen-targeting vampires to Lady Báthory’s bloodbaths, we love stories of stolen youth. What if it were possible?

Jess Zimmerman

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Death
Final independence

Nobody wants a protracted, dehumanised death: why is it still so easy for doctors to ignore a dying patient’s wishes?

Jeanne Erdmann

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Ethics
Staying alive

Our genes and our culture tell us to live as long as possible – even when living is misery. Should we listen?

Rhys Southan

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Death
Mortal remains

The dead are no longer welcome at their own funerals. So how can the living send them on their way?

Thomas Lynch

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Illness & Disease
The neurofix

Stem cell therapies for the scourges of old age are on the near horizon. Will they come in time for the Baby Boomers?

Linda Marsa

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Ethics
Full disclosure

Do individuals have a right for their medical records to remain private after death, or can public interest prevail?

Jack El-Hai