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image of cover of This is BioethicsUdo Schüklenk has, with co-author Ruth Chadwick, published a new overview of bioethics: This is Bioethics: An Introduction. The book tackles a broad range of standard issues: Should editing the human genome be allowed? What are the ethical implications of social restrictions during a pandemic? Is it ethical to use animals in clinical research? Is prioritizing COVID-19 treatment increasing deaths from other causes? The book also features a deep dive into the realm of global public health ethics, and somehow the authors even managed to write fast enough to include the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It considers topics like triage decision-making, the proportionality of society's response to COVID-19, whether doctors have a professional obligation to treat COVID-19 patients, and whether vaccines for this virus should be mandatory.