Sometimes medical breakthroughs can also bring up nagging ethical questions such as who has access to the data and how much do we want to know if the news about our future is bad?
These kinds of quandaries weigh on the minds of the staff at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, formerly known as the Midwest Bioethics Center. They also tackle aging and end of life issues as well as disparities in health care. Myra Christopher led the organization since its launch in 1984, at least until recently when a rare form of ovarian cancer forced her to step down as the center’s CEO. She joined Nick Haines to discuss some approaches to these issues.