Category Archives: Bioethics

August seminars at Maine Medical Center, Portland ME

Monday, August 21st

MMCRI’s Responsible Conduct of Research Program: “Emerging ethical issues in CRISPR Genome Editing”

When: 10 a.m. – noon

Where: MMCRI Conference Room 1, 81 Research Drive, Scarborough, Maine 04074

All are welcome!


Monday, August 28th

“Gene Enhancement and Gene Doping: The Next Big Threat to the Spirit of Sport?” 

When: 5:30-6:30 PM,

Where: Dana Center Room #7, Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME  04102.

All are welcome!


Contact for these two seminars:

Leisa Collins, M.Ed., Program Coordinator, Center for Molecular Medicine, Maine Medical Center Research Institute


New article out: “Bioethics and Biopolitics: Presents and Futures of Reproduction”

In my role as Associate Editor for Reproductive Ethics, I recently wrote this editorial  for the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Here’s an excerpt from that article:

‘Human reproduction is increasingly being externalized. We have a number of technologies that make this possible: in vitro fertilization (IVF), preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), gamete donation, surrogacy, and, more recently, mitochondrial transfer technologies and uterus transplant. [..]

This Bioethics and Biopolitics: Presents and Futures of Reproduction symposium draws together a series of articles that were each submitted independently by their authors to the JBI and which explore the biopower axis in the externalization of reproduction in four contexts: artificial gestation (ectogenesis), PGD for sex selection, women’s (reproductive) rights, and testicular cryopreservation (TCCP). While one contribution explores a “future” of reproduction, the other three explore a “present,” or better, explore different “presents.” What may counts as “present,” and what may count as “future,” has dramatically different connotations depending on the geographical declination of the tense’.

The full article was published on June 12th, 2017 and is available open-access here:

Online mio intervento su “Fiducia pubblica nei saperi esperti in medicine a tecnoscienza” tenuto alla Fondazione Bassetti il 27 febbraio 2017

Il mio intervento su “Fiducia pubblica nei saperi esperti in medicina e tecnoscienza” tenuto alla Fondazione Bassetti a Milano il 27 febbraio 2017 e’ online: la registrazione dell’incontro (intervento, e discussione a seguire), comprese le slides e il testo dell’intervento:

Un sentito ringraziamento a Angela Simone, Tommaso Correale, Anna Pellizzone, Francesco Samore’ e il Presidente Piero Bassetti per avermi ospitata!