Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, aka Dr. Death, dies

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2011

(Dr. Jack Kevorkian poses at the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California August 29, 2010/Mario Anzuoni)

Imperfections mar hopes for “ethical” reprogrammed stem cells

By Reuters Staff
March 31, 2011
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(Institute of Cellular Medicine, in San Jose, Costa Rica, May 18, 2010/Juan Carlos Ulate )

from Reuters Investigates:

Let’s be ethical, economists say

January 3, 2011

Last month's special report “For some professors, disclosure is academic” has been making waves in the academic world, as this story shows:

from Felix Salmon:

Immoral bankers

By Felix Salmon
December 14, 2010

The UK's Institutional Investor Council has issued a blistering report on the excessive fees that investment banks charge companies to issue new shares -- fees which one issuer are "usually immoral". It certainly seems that way, looking at this chart: fees have been steadily increasing over time, even as the discount at which the new shares are issued has got larger and larger. The bigger the discount, of course, the less risk taken on by the underwriter, since the more that the share price would have to plunge overnight in order for the underwriter to risk losing money on the deal.

from Felix Salmon:

Can you ethically invest in unethical companies?

By Felix Salmon
October 22, 2010

I first met my friend David Neubert in the context of a website he co-founded, called The Panelist, devoted to "responsible and ethical investment advice". Dave's moved on to other things now, but he still has opinions on the ethical-investment front. If you refuse to buy stock in unethical companies, he says, you lose diversification. Instead, Neubert looks to change the behavior of companies he's invested in:

“Human rights” urged for whales & dolphins – is this a good idea?

May 24, 2010
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NE Pacific Transient killer whale in Alaska/Dave Ellifrit/NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center

Ethics angle missing in financial crisis debate

March 4, 2010
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Worried Wall Street traders watch stocks fall on September 29, 2008/Brendan McDermid

Global economic crisis also a values crisis, Davos poll says

January 27, 2010

wefreportThe World Economic Forum, whose annual Davos summit opening today is a favourite gathering for the rich and powerful, has issued an opinion poll showing two-thirds of those surveyed believe the current economic crisis is also a crisis of values. Almost as many singled out business as the sector that should stress values more to foster a better world. “The poll results point to a trust deficit regarding values in the business world,” the Forum said in a statement.

U.S. approves first “ethical” embryonic stem cell lines

December 3, 2009

stem-cellsThe U.S. government has approved the first 13 batches of human embryonic stem cells, enabling researchers using them to get millions of dollars in federal funding as promised by President Barack Obama in March.

from UK News:

Testing the limits of animal lab experiments

November 10, 2009

CHINAA mouse that can speak? A monkey with Down's Syndrome? Dogs with human hands or feet? British scientists want to know if such experiments are acceptable, or if they go too far in the name of medical research.