Bioethics

Bioethics is concerned with the ethical and philosophical implications of biological and medical research, procedures, technologies, and treatments. Areas of concern range from informed consent, patient safety, and conflicts of interest to the broader social and political meanings of biotechnologies. Some critics have suggested that bioethicists too often provide justifications for questionable scientific experiments, and that their focus on doctor-patient and researcher-subject relationships tends to obscure broader social concerns. Others have accused bioethicists of placing unnecessary obstacles in the way of scientific investigations. Nonetheless, some scientists are increasingly asking for ethical input at early stages of their research to anticipate potential ethical problems.


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Nothing like this has happened in human history. A combination of cultural preferences, government decree and modern medical technology in the world’s two largest countries has created a gender imbalance on a continental scale. Men outnumber women by 70 million...

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Mouse brains make nice homes for human brain organoids, researchers report today (April 16) in Nature Biotechnology.

Brain organoids, also known as mini-brains, are tiny clumps of brain cells grown from stem cells that researchers are using to investigate...

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Gene therapy is showing promise for treating one of the most common genetic disorders.

Results of a study published Wednesday...

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As the genomics revolution finally turns its attention to Africa and northern researchers flock there to collect data, scientists from...

Book cover for Beyond Bioethics with twisted DNA strand on a yellow background.

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A partially completed jigsaw puzzle of light blue dna strands on a dark blue background

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Representation of sperm surrounding an egg on a pink background

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A cradle and a rocking chair occupy a baby room painted pink.

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