Patients are increasingly turning to medical crowdfunding as a way to cover their health care costs. In the case of Charlie Gard, an infant born with encephalomyopathic mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, crowdfunding was used to finance experimental nucleoside therapy.
If you sign up to take part in a clinical trial, you can trust that scientists have solid evidence from animal studies that the test drug might work, right? After all, a study based on flimsy evidence would needlessly put your health at risk and potentially waste money.
Clearly distinguishing between the living and the dead is an essential function in any society, necessary for determining when people may be buried, when their wills may be executed, when efforts to keep them alive may be terminated, and when they may donate their organs, among other issues.