A Letter From the Publisher: Jan. 19, 1987

TIME's editors have observed an increasing number of stories that involve a conflict between modern scientific and social trends on the one hand and traditional values on the other. The list of such subjects is long. It includes everything from test-tube conception to right-to-die legislation, insider trading to South African sanctions. In many cases, despite detailed coverage and full public discussion of opposing views, urgent moral and philosophical questions linger and continue to trouble the American conscience.

To focus on these questions of right and wrong, the editors have decided to create a new section of the magazine called Ethics. The...

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