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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Oxford University panjandrum and philosopher Julian Savulescu has spent most of his career advancing positions that push the envelope of acceptable medical practice.  He has told us, for instance, that we are morally obligated to genetically engineer our babies under a principle he terms “procreative beneficence.”  His efforts often strike one as having the seeming intent of giving the IVF and biotechnology industries cover under a supposedly ethical flag. No surprise, then, to find him advocating for us...

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On May 26, the International Society of Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), a non-governmental  organization of scientists, released newly revised guidelines for research scientists. As in past iterations, they cover much more than stem cells, including heritable genome editing, artificial gametes, and growing human embryos in the lab. These guidelines are the work of a large committee of notable scientists and bioethicists, and have been translated into Chinese, Turkish, Korean, German, and Japanese; they have, or at least seek...

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Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics brings together the work of several dozen cutting-edge scholars and advocates, all of them...
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Everyone knows, or thinks they know, that complex and fast-moving new biotechnologies inevitably outstrip legal regulation and ethical scrutiny. Surrogacy—the...

Dr. He Jiankui in his lab

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man doing gene therapy

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