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Bioethics is the ethics of biological science and medicine. It is concerned with the ethical issues that arise in the relationship among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, philosophy, and theology.

Bioethics Articles

Stem-cell research and reproductive cloning laws should be separate
The author of a Public Policy article in an issue of THE LANCET discusses recent failures of international organisations to establish clear policies with regard to stem-cell research and reproductive cloning.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 1.00

Experts warn that misconceptions about "grey goo" could harm the opportunities of the poor in developing countries
Prince Charles' claims about nanotechnology could widen the chasm between have and have-not countries and damage the emerging nanotechnology industry in the developing world.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Sex selection for social reasons unlikely to skew gender balance in Germany and UK
Allowing sex selection for social reasons would be highly unlikely to skew the gender balance

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 2.33

Genetically modified crops: ethical and social issues
The Report recommended that, if the introduction of genetically modified crops in developing countries could be shown to be a cost-effective way to reduce malnutrition, there was a moral imperative to encourage the application of GM technology.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 2.61

New Vision of Computer Forensic Science: Need of Cyber Crime Law
A Cyber space is a virtual space that has become as important as real space for business, education and politics.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00, 11 pages

Patient Deaths in New Orleans: Mercy Killing or Palliative Care?
On July 18, 2006 Dr. Anna Pou, a surgeon and respected medical school professor, and two nurses, Cheri A. Landry and Lori L. Budo were arrested on suspicion of second degree murder.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 3.50, 4 pages

Informed consent for local anesthesia
Laws regarding informed consent vary from country to country.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 6.60, 5 pages

Ethics takes time, but not that long
Time and communication are important aspects of the medical consultation.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

Attitudes and behaviors of Japanese physicians concerning withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment for end-of-life patients: results from an Internet survey
Evidence concerning how Japanese physicians think and behave in specific clinical situations that involve withholding or withdrawal of medical interventions for end-of-life or frail elderly patients is yet insufficient.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00, 10 pages

An eight-year follow-up national study of medical school and general hospital ethics committees in Japan
The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics and developments of ethics committees established at medical schools and general hospitals in Japan.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated, 10 pages

Microbicide research in developing countries: have we given the ethical concerns due consideration?
HIV prevention research has been fraught with ethical concerns since its inception.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00, 5 pages

Towards a dialogical ethics of interprofessionalism
In this essay we argue that for multidisciplinary relationships to be facilitated and to progress towards interdisciplinary teamwork, moral agents have to go beyond orthodox ethical systems and appeal to normative theory.

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: 4.00, 7 pages

Bioethics in Germany: debates and infrastructure
This paper summarizes the main ethical and legal debates on bioethical issues in Germany, specifies the focus of leading German centres of bioethics and biolaw.

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

Ethical and practical issues in conducting clinical trials in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
A need to continually assess the design of current and future research studies so that they may be conducted in the optimal and most ethical manner.

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: 9.00, 7 pages

Scientists should adopt codes of ethics, scientist-bioethicist says
The time is ripe for scientific organizations to adopt codes of ethics, according to a scientist and bioethicist

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: 10.00

Individuals with genetic conditions twice as likely to report health insurance denial
Large-scale study compares health insurance experiences, attitudes and beliefs of people with genetic conditions vs. people with other serious medical conditions

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: 1.00

Should the UK adopt Dutch rules on euthanasia in newborn babies?
Euthanasia for newborn babies with lethal and disabling conditions is illegal worldwide, but in reality, its acceptance and practice vary between different countries.

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: 4.00

Public Language and the Common Good
Lee Silver, professor of molecular biology and public affairs at Princeton, recently published another provocative book.

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Scientists, Ethics, and Public Engagement
Many scientists argue that the solution to the tension between science and society is to increase public understanding of science.

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: not rated

Bioethics: The Future of Human Dignity
During our lifetimes, we have become accustomed to a spiraling array of great technological advances.

Date: 24 May 2007, Rating: 5.00