Bioethics Blog Directory

The Bioethics Blog Tracker and Bioethics News Digest are free services provided by the Bioethics Research Library of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. They provide a daily feed of up-to-the-minute news and commentary in bioethics, drawn from the following list of bioethics blogs:

  • Ampersand, the blog of PRIM&R: Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R – pronounced “prim-er”) advances the highest ethical standards in the conduct of biomedical and social science/behavioral research. We accomplish this mission through education, membership services, professional certification, and public policy initiatives.
  • Berman Institute Bioethics Bulletin: Bioethics News & Analysis from Johns Hopkins. The mission of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics is to conduct advanced scholarship on the ethics of clinical practice, biomedical science, and public health, both locally and globally, and to engage students, trainees, the public, and policy-makers in serious discourse about these issues. Note: Due to frequency and focus on news this source is included in the Bioethics News Digest and not the Blog Tracker.
  • BioEdge, bioethics news around the world: Based in the Southern Hemisphere but speaking to the world, BioEdge is completely independent. It is designed and maintained by volunteers and financed by supporters and contributors. It is published by New Media Foundation, which also publishes MercatorNet, a website promoting human dignity, and Family Edge, a newsletter about family issues. Note: Due to frequency and focus on news this source is included in the Bioethics News Digest and not the Blog Tracker.
  • Bioethics.com, your global information source on bioethics news and issues: Bioethics.com is a public service provided by The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in collaboration with many individuals and organizations to improve the discussion of issues in bioethics that span the spectrum of medicine, science, and technology. Note: Due to frequency and type of posts this source is included in the Bioethics News Digest and not the Blog Tracker.
  • Bill of Health, examining the intersection of law and health care, bioetech & bioethics. A blog by the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School and Friends. A one-stop shop for readers interested in news, commentary, and scholarship in the fields of health law policy, biotechnology, and bioethics
  • Bioethics.net, a blog maintained by the editorial staff of The American Journal of Bioethics: The bioethics.net website is currently maintained by the editorial staff of The American Journal of Bioethics. In service to anyone interested in bioethics, the website publishes information on the latest journal publications, events, job opportunities and current news. The site now includes original blog authorship by world-renowned bioethicsts, as well as being a one-stop-shop for popular syndicated bioethics blogs.
  • Bioethics Forum, the blog of the Hastings Center Report: Bioethics Forum, the blog of the Hastings Center Report, publishes thoughtful commentary from a range of perspectives on timely issues in bioethics. The opinions expressed in it are those of the authors and not The Hastings Center.
  • Bioethics Observatory at the Catholic University of Valencia (Spain): Up-to-date news and reports from the Bioethics Observatory at the Catholic University of Valencia (Spain), covering a wide range of bioethical issues including stem cell research, abortion, assisted suicide and much more. General interest and specialised topical articles with ethical implications, based on the latest research findings from some of the world’s top medical and scientific journals. A newsletter archive is available hereNote: Due to frequency and focus on news this source is included in the Bioethics News Digest and not the Blog Tracker.
  • Bioethics Program Blog, A blog by students, alumni and faculty of the Bioethics Program: Jointly offered by Union Graduate College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the Bioethics Program provides education in clinical ethics, research ethics and bioethics policy.
  • Bioethics Today, the blog of the Alden March Bioethics Institute: Presenting topical and timely commentary on issues, trends, and breaking news in the broad arena of bioethics.
  • Biopolitical Times, the blog of the Center for Genetics and Society: The Center for Genetics and Society works for thoughtful consideration, responsible uses, and effective governance of genetic, reproductive, and other biotechnologies.
  • Community Voices in Medical Ethics: A diverse, Boston-based group of citizens providing feedback on medical ethics policies to the Harvard teaching hospitals. Community Voices and its affiliate Community Ethics Committee give the multiple communities of Boston a voice in the care they rely on.
  • Contending Modernities: Contending Modernities is a global research initiative, based at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, in partnership with scholars from around the world.
  • Ethics & Society, blog of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education: Ethical analysis and news from the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education
  • Ethics Blog: A blog by the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University, Sweden. We comment the debate on research ethics and bioethics and discuss our research. We address issues from current debate in the research community and in the press. Some posts are only for your information, others are more reflective, but our goal is always dialogue.
  • Ethics etc: A group blog for discussing contemporary philosophical issues in ethics and related areas managed by S. Matthew Liao. Ethics Etc is a forum for discussing contemporary philosophical issues in normative ethics, metaethics, moral epistemology, moral psychology, applied ethics, social and political philosophy, law, and other related areas. Its method is analytical, and it encourages the posting of new ideas and arguments that have not been fully worked out.
  • Futurisms: Critiquing the Project to Reengineer Humanity, a blog by The New Atlantis: It is a pleasure to inaugurate this New Atlantis blog focusing on some of the most prominent “-isms” surrounding humanity’s technological future: transhumanism, posthumanism, extropianism, the mouth-filling Singularitarianism, and others in that constellation. It can be difficult for the uninitiated to keep these terms straight, and even to know quite what they amount to — a worldview, a philosophy, an ideology, a movement. They hold in common several core beliefs about the future, including a sense that machines will someday be much more intelligent than we human beings are today; that human bodies will undergo radical technological enhancement; that we will merge our minds with machines; and that molecular nanotechnology will play a crucial part in bringing about these changes.
  • Global Bioethics Blog: This is the English language blog of a collaborative bioethics project entitled ‘Strengthening bioethics capacity and justice in health’ funded by the Fogarty International Center. The project aims to promote research ethics and bioethics in Democratic Republic of Congo and Francophone Africa
  • Global Bioethics Initiative: Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is dedicated to fostering public awareness and understanding of bioethical issues, as well as to exploring solutions to bioethical challenges. GBI is also a member of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in furthering the realization of the purposes and mandate of the Organization through activities and research in the shared culture of intellectual social responsibility. Note: Due to the focus on news articles this source is included in the Bioethics News Digest and not the Blog Tracker.
  • HealthAffairs Blog: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere. Health Affairs is the leading journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization. Health Affairs explores health policy issues of current concern in domestic and international spheres. Its mission is to serve as a high-level, nonpartisan forum to promote analysis and discussion on improving health and health care, and to address such issues as cost, quality, and access.
  • Impact Ethics: Impact Ethics is managed by the Novel Tech Ethics research team in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and is a forum for discussion of and commentary on bioethical issues, presenting a diverse range of voices and perspectives. Impact Ethics has a preference for posting articles that are grounded in the current Canadian context, although we are willing to consider any well-written article that confronts an important bioethical issue.
  • Institutional Review Blog: This blog seeks to inform the debate over IRB review of research in the humanities and social sciences by collecting breaking news, commentary, and background information on the subject. It is maintained by Zachary M. Schrag, Professor of History, George Mason University.
  • Journal of Medical Ethics Blog, by BMJ: Analysis and discussion of developments in the medical ethics field.
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal: Now in its third decade of publication, the KIEJ is an interdisciplinary quarterly journal of the Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. The KIEJ is proud to announce our new series of online reviews of books in bioethics, practical ethics, and the ethical, social, and legal dimensions of science and medicine. These in-depth reviews are written by leading figures in the discipline, and are published in online issue supplements, with pre-publication versions available on our website.
  • Law and Biosciences Blog: Produced by the Center for Law and Biosciences at Stanford University which seeks to examine biotech discoveries in the context of the law, weighing their impact on society and the law’s role in shaping that impact.
  • Medicine Anthropology TheoryMedicine Anthropology Theory is an English-language, open-access journal that publishes scholarly articles, essays, reviews, and reports related to medical anthropology and science and technology studies.
  • Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics Forum:  The NIB Forum is a place to share current calls for stories and to discuss intriguing stories, narrative symposia, and articles. Occasionally, we publish commentaries from guest writers. The Forum also publishes stories that complement narrative symposia.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Blog: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was officially sworn in on Monday, August 17, 2009 as the 16th director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins was nominated by President Barack Obama on July 8, and was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7.
  • Nature Newsblog (categories of “Health and medicine” and “Biology & Biotechnology“): Breaking news from the world of science, brought to you by Nature’s news team. Nature’s news team is no longer updating this site (as of 11/23/2015).
  • News in Context by The Hastings Center: A look at the news through a bioethics lens. As this is not as frequently published and includes bioethical analysis it is in the Blog Posts Tracker.
  • Neuroethics Blog by the Center for Ethics at Emory University: New perspectives on the ethical and social implications of emerging neuroscientific neurotechnological research and clinical care.
  • Nuffield Bioethics Blog: Exploring ethical issues in biology and medicine. This blog is not included in the Bioethics Blog Posts Tracker.
  • O’Neill Institute Blog: The blog is meant as a forum for thoughtful dialogue on pressing issues in health law and policy. Our research encompasses a diverse range of national and global health law topics, from health reform in the US and China, tobacco control globally and in Latin America, global infectious and non-communicable disease prevention, and global health governance
  • Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics Blog: This blog is part of the effort to honor Dr. Pellegrino’s vision and to uphold the PCCB mission. It provides a space for Center scholars to contribute to ongoing discussions of ethical issues both within and beyond the clinical setting, to collaborate with peers in the field, and to engage those outside of the bioethics community.
  • Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine: An open access, peer-reviewed online journal that encompasses all aspects of the philosophy of medicine and biology, and the ethical aspects of clinical practice and research. It also considers papers at the intersection of medicine and humanities, including the history of medicine, that are relevant to contemporary philosophy of medicine and bioethics.
  • Practical Ethics, ethics in the news blog by University of Oxford: Welcome to Practical Ethics where you can find daily ethical analysis of news events from researchers in four centres based at the Philosophy Faculty, University of Oxford. We focus on current events with practical ethical relevance, including developments in science and technology, environmental policy, public health, and information ethics.
  • Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issue Blog: This is a space for the members and staff of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to communicate with the public about the work of the commission and to discuss important issues in bioethics.
  • Scope, Medical Blog by the Stanford University School of Medicine: If you’re curious about the latest advances in medicine and health and enjoy compelling, fresh and easily digestible news and features, then we’ve got just the thing. Note: Scope is listed in the directory but not currently indexed in the bioethics blog tracker due to the frequency of posts and restrictive license.
  • STREAM: Studies of Translation, Ethics, and Medicine: STREAM applies empirical and philosophical tools for addressing scientific, ethical, and policy challenges in the development and translation of health technologies.
  • Speaking of Medicine, blog of the Public Library of Science: Speaking of Medicine is the PLOS medical journals’ blog. We hope to provide an informal venue for readers, authors, editors and friends of the PLOS medical journals to discuss global health topics and issues that are important to the community.
  • The Conversation (articles tagged Bioethics): The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.
  • Voices in Bioethics, opinions, scholarship, and news from the world of bioethics: An online journal that explores domestic and global ethical issues in the ever-evolving fields of bio-sciences, medicine and public health. It presents theoretical and empirical scholarship and discussion in a variety of formats, from opinion pieces, research papers, and media and art reviews to interviews with the foremost experts and luminaries in bioethics and beyond.

Something missing? Contact us at bioethics@georgetown.edu to suggest a blog for inclusion (or exclusion) in these services.


Last updated June 1st, 2016.