Elizabeth Yuko

You were learning about bioethics when you were watching sitcoms and you didn’t even know it.

Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and writer specializing in sexual and reproductive health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture. She is also an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham University and has written for print and online publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. Yuko has given a TEDx talk on The Golden Girls and bioethics, and has appeared on The Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum and Buzzfeed’s live morning show, AM2DM.


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  • Life as a Covid-19 Long-Termer By Elizabeth Yuko
    It’s becoming clear that, for many people, symptoms can persist for months — and they can wreak havoc on our bodies, and our mental health
  • Why turnout for Trump is a major blow to public health- Opinion by Elizabeth Yuko
    As I watched the election results trickle in Tuesday night and the counting continue through the week, it became evident that no matter who wins, public health has suffered a…
  • You Can’t Call Yourself Pro-Life If You Ignore COVID-19 Measures By Elizabeth Yuko
    In this op-ed, Elizabeth Yuko, PhD, a bioethicist, explains why you can't call yourself pro-life if you're ignoring measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • The First Artificial Insemination Was an Ethical Nightmare
    Assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, are more common in the U.S. than they’ve ever been
  • Weighing the Ethics of Artificial Wombs
    With 3-D printing, lab-grown organs and lifelike prosthetic limbs, science creeps ever nearer to replicating the parts and functions of the human body.
  • What “The Golden Girls” Taught Me About Bioethics
    The Golden Girls was ahead of its time. The show, which ran from 1985-1992, is best remembered as a chatty sitcom where four friends in their golden years

Elizabeth Yuko is such a delightful cuckoo, and I'm not just saying that because it's an approximate rhyme. Her lecture on bioethics and The Golden Girls manages to be both hilarious and truly informative, which is a rare feat.

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