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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Dr Mike King

PositionSenior Lecturer
DepartmentBioethics Centre
QualificationsBApplSc(Hons) PhD(Massey) PGDipArts(Otago)
Research summaryAnimal ethics, ethics of bioscience, ethics of assisted reproductive technologies
Teaching

Coordinator:

Lecturer:

Memberships
  • Member, University of Otago Human Ethics Committee
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching

Research

My research draws on my early academic experience in the life sciences as well as moral and political philosophy. A main theme of this research is the ethical treatment of animals in scientific research, farming, veterinary care and as companions. I have also written on the ethics of reproductive and cognitive enhancement technologies and their regulation, sports policy and enhancement, the treatment of human cadavers, and suicide reporting in the media.

Additional details

I am PhD Coordinator for the Bioethics Centre, and am happy to receive any inquiries regarding PhD study at the Centre.

I supervise at all levels on a range of topics, including animal ethics, scientific research ethics, ethics of assisted reproductive technology and ethics of enhancement. I am happy to talk to prospective students about the papers I lecture in and to potential postgraduate students about their research ideas.

Publications

Jones, D. G., & King, M. R. (2017). Maintaining the anonymity of cadavers in medical education: Historic relic or educational and ethical necessity? Anatomical Sciences Education, 10(1), 87-97. doi: 10.1002/ase.1618

McMillan, J., & King, M. (2017). Why be moral in a virtual world? Journal of Practical Ethics, 5(2), 30-48. Retrieved from http://www.jpe.ox.ac.uk/

Gavaghan, C., & King, M. (2016). Can facilitated aid in dying be permitted by 'double effect'? Some reflections from a recent New Zealand case. Journal of Medical Ethics, 42(6), 361-366. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103411

King, M. R. (2016). Killing and feeling bad: Animal experimentation and moral stress. Animal Studies Journal, 5(2), 119-133.

King, M. R. (2016). Basic research in HIV immunology is hampered by reductionist thinking. Frontiers in Immunology, 7, 42. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2016.00042

Chapter in Book - Research

King, M. (2013). Box 6.1: The warrior gene. In J. E. Sieber & M. B. Tolich (Eds.), Planning ethically responsible research. (2nd ed.) (pp. 95-96). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. [Case Study].

King, M., Whitaker, M., & Jones, G. (2011). Speculative ethics: Valid enterprise or tragic cul-de-sac? In A. Rudnick (Ed.), Bioethics in the 21st Century. (pp. 139-158). InTech. doi: 10.5772/19684

King, M. (2009). Scientific responsibility. In M. Henaghan (Ed.), Genes, society and the future (Vol. III). (pp. 296-320). Wellington, New Zealand: Brookers.

King, M. (2007). The Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technologies: The role of public consultation in decision-making. In N. Page (Ed.), Genes, society and the future (Vol. 1). (pp. 147-195). Dunedin, New Zealand: Human Genome Research Project, University of Otago.

King, M. (2006). Part D: Public opinion and perceptions of reproductive genetic technologies [in Chapter 4: A discussion of ethical issues]. In M. Henaghan (Ed.), Choosing genes for future children: Regulating preimplantation genetic diagnosis. (pp. 199-218). Dunedin, New Zealand: Human Genome Research Project, University of Otago.

King, M. R., Kelly, D., Morel, P. C. H., & Pluske, J. R. (2003). Aspects of intestinal immunity in the pig around weaning. In J. R. Pluske, J. Le Dividich & M. W. A. Verstegen (Eds.), Weaning the pig: Concepts and consequences. (pp. 219-257). The Netherlands: Wageningen.

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Journal - Research Article

Jones, D. G., & King, M. R. (2017). Maintaining the anonymity of cadavers in medical education: Historic relic or educational and ethical necessity? Anatomical Sciences Education, 10(1), 87-97. doi: 10.1002/ase.1618

McMillan, J., & King, M. (2017). Why be moral in a virtual world? Journal of Practical Ethics, 5(2), 30-48. Retrieved from http://www.jpe.ox.ac.uk/

Gavaghan, C., & King, M. (2016). Can facilitated aid in dying be permitted by 'double effect'? Some reflections from a recent New Zealand case. Journal of Medical Ethics, 42(6), 361-366. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103411

King, M. R. (2016). Killing and feeling bad: Animal experimentation and moral stress. Animal Studies Journal, 5(2), 119-133.

King, M. R., Whitaker, M. I., & Jones, D. G. (2014). I see dead people: Insights from the humanities into the nature of plastinated cadavers. Journal of Medical Humanities, 35(4), 361-376. doi: 10.1007/s10912-013-9230-z

Gavaghan, C., & King, M. (2013). Reporting suicide: Safety isn't everything. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5(1), 82-85. doi: 10.1071/HC13082

King, M. R. (2012). A league of their own? Evaluating justifications for the division of sport into 'enhanced' and 'unenhanced' leagues. Sport, Ethics & Philosophy, 6(1), 31-45. doi: 10.1080/17511321.2011.587198

Jones, D. G., King, M. R., & Whitaker, M. I. (2009). Who gets born? How did New Zealand's Bioethics Council arrive at its recommendations? [Viewpoint]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1294). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1294/3585/content.pdf

King, M. R., Morel, P. C. H., Pluske, J. R., & Hendriks, W. H. (2008). A comparison of the effects of dietary spray-dried bovine colostrum and animal plasma on growth and intestinal histology in weaner pigs. Livestock Science, 119, 167-173. doi: 10.1016/j.livsci.2008.04.001

Wensley, D., & King, M. (2008). Scientific responsibility for the dissemination and interpretation of genetic research: Lessons from the ″warrior gene″ controversy. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34, 507-509. doi: 10.1136/jme.2006.019596

King, M. R., Morel, P. C. H., Revell, D. K., Pluske, J. R., & Birtles, M. J. (2008). Dietary bovine colostrum increases villus height and decreases small intestine weight in early-weaned pigs. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences, 21(4), 567-573.

King, M. R., Wester, T. J., & Morel, P. C. H. (2007). The effect of dietary spray-dried bovine colostrum and plasma on the response of pigs to enterotoxigenic E. coli challenge after weaning. Livestock Science, 108, 292-294.

King, M. R., Ravindran, V., Morel, P. C. H., Thomas, D. V., Birtles, M. J., & Pluske, J. R. (2005). Effects of spray-dried colostrum and plasmas on the performance and gut morphology of broiler chickens. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 56, 811-817.

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Journal - Research Other

King, M. R. (2016). Basic research in HIV immunology is hampered by reductionist thinking. Frontiers in Immunology, 7, 42. doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2016.00042

Ensoli, B., Cafaro, A., Amicosante, M., Andrieu, J.-M., Boyer, J. D., Garcia, F., … King, M. R., … van Regenmortel, M. H. V. (2016). Old and new concepts and strategies in HIV vaccinology: A report from a workshop held in Rome on 17 June 2016. Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research, 7(11), 634. doi: 10.4172/2155-6113.1000634

King, M., Gavaghan, C., & McMillan, J. (2014). Medical regulation of cognitive enhancement devices: Some concerns. Journal of Law & the Biosciences, 1(3), 334-339. doi: 10.1093/jlb/lsu020

Jones, D. G., King, M. R., & Whitaker, M. I. (2012). Brains and persons: An educational perspective. Clinical Anatomy, 25(4), 513-514. doi: 10.1002/ca.22029

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