Articles and Columns

“Casualty Report: Boys Beating GirlsSalvo, Issue 46, Fall 2018 (available by subscription).

Can we trust killer robots and drones?MercatorNet, August 31, 2018.

To the very last breathMercatorNet, July 16, 2018.

“Casualty Report: Young & RestlessSalvo, Issue 45, Summer 2018 (available by subscription).

“Casualty Report: Going It AloneSalvo, Issue 44, Spring 2018 (available by subscription).

What’s wrong with crowdfunding medical expenses?MercatorNet, February 20, 2018.

Rescuing our lives from techMercatorNet, February 16, 2018.

“Casualty Report: Porn Planet” Salvo, Issue 43, Winter 2018. (available by subscription)

Is addiction a matter of choice or genetics?MercatorNet, November 14, 2017.

Taking apart the news cycle merry-go-roundMercatorNet, October 17, 2017.

Casualty Report: Deaths of Despair: Are Middle-Agers Giving Up? Salvo, Issue 42, Fall 2017 (available by subscription)

Silicon Valley’s creepy obsession with longevityMercatorNet, August 2, 2017.

Transgender Sports: Men and Women Have Physical Differences That No Surgery or Hormone Treatment Can ChangeThe Stream, June 16, 2017.

Turning life into a gameMercatorNet, June 14, 2017.

Casualty Report: Jumping to ConclusionsSalvo, Issue 41, Summer 2017 (available by subscription).

Technology and Addiction: How Big Gaming Hacks into our PsychesMercatorNet, April 6, 2017.

Addiction or Compulsion: Our Love/Hat Relationship with TechnologyMercatorNet, March 23, 2017.

Casualty Report: Police and ShootingsSalvo, Issue 40, Spring 2017 (available by subscription).

Manipulating Science NewsMercatorNet, February 10, 2017.

Casualty Report: Suicide Tolls” and “The Come Back ManSalvo, Issue 39, Winter 2016.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Social MediaMercatorNet, November 21, 2016.

Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the AlgorithmMercatorNet, September 23, 2016.

Casualty Report: EuthanasiaSalvo, Issue 38, Fall 2016 (available by subscription).

When Is It Ethical for Police and the Military to Use Killer Robots?MercatorNet, August 15, 2016.

Blind Faith in DNAMercatorNet, June 23, 2016. (Cross published as “Be Wary of the Magical, Hyped-Up Claims About DNAThe Stream, June 26, 2016.)

From Me to EternitySalvo, Issue 37, Summer 2016.

Casualty Report: Sex TraffickingSalvo, Issue 37, Summer 2016.

Pigs with Human Hearts, and Other Wild Tales from the Future of Organ DonationQuartz, April 13, 2016.

Bodyhackers: The Rebel-Punk TranshumanistsMercatorNet, March 31, 2016.

When Baby-Making Takes Three: You, Me, and SheChristian Research Journal, vol. 39, no. 01, 2016 (available by subscription).

Panel Says FDA Should Approve Experiments on Male ‘Three-Parent’ EmbryosThe Stream, February 8, 2016.

Surrogate and Babies Die from Complications in PregnancyThe Stream, October 17, 2015.

Dying to Feel Good: Modern Self-Realization & the Painkiller Addiction EpidemicSalvo, Issue 31, Winter 2014 (Feature article, available by subscription).

Incredible Bulk: Performance-Enhancing Drugs & the Modern Identity ProjectSalvo, Issue 27, Winter 2013 (Available by subscription).

Playing God: The 3D Printing Revolution Is Here. Should We Be Concerned about How Far It Will Go?Relevant Issue 66, December 2013.


 Blogs & Contributions

Medical Xpress and contributions (This is a sampling of some of the research summaries I’ve written.):

Criteria to predict experimentally stable allotropes

New hydrogel gives clues to mechanism behind stress-stiffening-mediated mesenchymal stem cell fate

Diagnostic tools using synthetic biology

New study shows inhibiting copper chaperones reduces tumor cell proliferation

Re-framing the placebo effect and informed consent

Technique identifies prenatal trisomy, cancer type, and transplant rejection using methylation sequences of plasma DNA

Workshop on the use of biospecimens calls for broad initial consent with oversight

Mitochondrial function changes as we age

Select articles on

Embryoids: Explanations and Ethical Issues” (February 26, 2018)

Haploid Stem Cells” (August 10, 2017)

Zika Timeline of Events” (February 21, 2017)

On-Call Ethics Consultants in Human-Subject Research” (May 4, 2015)

Ebola Timeline” (October 14, 2014)

STAP Stem Cells: Come and Gone” (September 19, 2014)

Gene Editing Technology” (April 14, 2014)

Synthetic Biology and Venter’s Life at the Speed of Light” (March 5, 2014)

New Guidelines on Prescribing Statins” (February 17, 2014)

Defining Death” (February 7, 2014)

The Mighty Mitochondria and Reproductive Technology” (November 18, 2013)


Past contributor to Salvo Magazine’s blog

Past contributor to Trinity International University’s Bioethics Blog

Past contributor to web site


Paper Presentations

“Media Coverage of the Zika Virus: The Ethics of Reporting on Disease” Paper Presentation at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity annual conference, June 2017.

“The Scientific Method in the Era of Big Data” Paper Presentation at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity annual conference, June 2015.

“Dying to Feel Good: Pain Management and Addiction” Paper Presentation at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity annual conference, June 2014.

“Performance Enhancement in Sports” Paper Presentation at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity annual conference, July 2013.