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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Millions were shocked to learn of the birth of gene-edited babies last year, but apparently several scientists were already in the know. Chinese researcher He Jiankui had spoken with them about his plans to genetically modify human embryos intended for...

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Three test tubes nect to gloved hand

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Two pairs of scissors cutting a strand of DNA

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White pencil writing a double strand of DNA on a blue background

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Depiction of CRISPR--purple strand of DNA being cut from them middle of two orange strands

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Microscopic picture of IVF embryo

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