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The pig on your plate

That pigs are smart and sensitive is not in doubt. How can we justify continuing to kill them for food?

Barbara J King


Which lives matter most?

Thinking about children who are not yet born confronts us with the question of our ethical obligations to future people

Dominic Wilkinson & Keyur Doolabh


There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos

Richard Moore


The minds of other animals

Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?

Antone Martinho


Visiting your leg

From morbid anatomy museums to modern consent forms, medicine wants ever more control over your body – and its parts

Alice Dreger


Does late parenthood deprive children of grandparental love?

Hannah Maslen


Can we prepare for the ethical issues surrounding future discoveries?

7 minutes


Should a human-pig chimera be treated as a person?

Julian Savulescu


We made a minimal cell and began a synthetic-life revolution

Dan Gibson


Taking children to an aquarium is a lesson in cruelty

Skye C Cleary

Video/Nature & Environment

‘Wildlife management is really a misnomer. It’s about managing people’

18 minutes


From identity politics to medicine, the DNA revolution demands a new bioethics

6 minutes

Idea/Nature & Environment

We are missing our chance to stop the sixth mass extinction

William H Funk


Made to order

Parents already put their children under intense pressure to compete in the world. Will gene editing make it worse?

Erik Parens


The mini robots that may show how to ‘programme’ cells for improved performance

4 minutes


Why finding creative ways to end our reliance on meat may be a moral imperative.

3 minutes


Dead enough

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

Walter Glannon


Boys and girls alike

An un-consenting child, an unnecessary, invasive surgery: is there any moral difference between male and female circumcision?

Brian D Earp


The sorrow of bees

Scientists torturing bees to save them have nightmares about the work. Must grief be part of experimental design?

Heather Swan


Boatload of swine

Rafting the Grand Canyon seemed the perfect wilderness escape until we found we’d brought a deadly virus with us

Jordan Fisher Smith


Sound off

Human industry is now noisy enough to drown out whale songs. What would happen in the ocean if we went quiet?

Peter Brannen


Earth is not a garden

Some of the world’s most powerful conservationists are giving up on wilderness. They are making a big mistake

Brandon Keim


Engineering the ocean

Once you know what plankton can do, you’ll understand why fertilising the ocean with iron is not such a crazy idea

David Biello


A doping manifesto

The rules on doping in sport are incoherent – should we change them to allow the right kind of performance enhancement?

Julian Savulescu


Who’s watching who at the zoo?

11 minutes


Prometheus Inc

Biotechnology and other life sciences promise to transform our health, identity, even our brains. Should we be worried?

Hilary Rose & Steven Rose


Being a sandpiper

Animals have thoughts, feelings and personality. Why have we taken so long to catch up with animal consciousness?

Brandon Keim