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Why bioethics matters to us—and why it should matter to you
Bioethics: All That Matters , new developments in biotechnology like genetics, stem cell research and artificial reproduction arouse both our greatest hopes and our greatest fears. Many people invest the new biotechnology with all the aspirations and faith once accorded to religious salvation. But does everyone benefit equally from scientific progress?
Commercialised modern biomedicine runs the risk of exploiting vulnerable groups, from Indian 'surrogate' mothers to professional guinea pigs in drug research. Table of contents : 1. Should we do whatever science lets us do? Sell your eggs and enjoy the nightlife of Chennai! Designer babies, transhumans and lesser mortals : 4. Are genes us? Snowflakes, techno-coolies and the tooth fairy: some wonders of stem cell science : 7. Sacrificial lambs and professional guinea pigs: a bestiary of research bioethics : 8. God, Mammon and biotechnology show more. Review quote Dickenson manages to combine a wealth of fact and opinion alike into one bite-sized digest.
The text also poses some interesting questions that transcend medical, legal and philosophical boundaries.
This is a thought-provoking book that stimulates much further consideration after reading. Dickenson defuses jargon and makes history compelling.
This is a timely and provocative read that will challenge the reader to produce his or more likely her own counterarguments. Her academic career spans 40 years and includes over 20 books. She won the 'International Spinoza Lens Award' in for her campaigning work. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.
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To make this mission a reality, we need to not only find ways to push personal genetics forward; we need to find responsible ways to push our industry forward. Ethics is a kind of philosophy that deals with morality—what is right and what is wrong. As a subtype of ethics, bioethics focuses on the moral questions that come up in biological sciences, like genetics. In the US, modern bioethics got its start with medicine and medical research.
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The culture of those fields had long favored the needs of doctors over those of their patients, and the needs of researchers over those of their participants. Doing so set the stage for for serious atrocities to take place, like the Tuskegee syphilis experiment. Bioethics started emerging in the late s and early s as a way to push back, change the culture of medicine, and prevent future atrocities.
Since then, bioethics has expanded to cover the ethical questions that genetics has faced—and will continue to face as the field develops. Or, if a test is looking for one result like the cause of a rare disease and finds another like an increased risk for breast cancer , what should the person getting the test find out?
Answering these questions requires going beyond just what the pure science of genetics can tell us; it requires us to consider what makes the practice of genetics responsible. Generally speaking, bioethics helps determine what is responsible by considering four key principles: autonomy , beneficence , nonmaleficence , and justice. The principle of autonomy is about respecting people and their free will. Beneficence and nonmaleficence are two sides of the same coin: doing what is helpful, and not doing what is harmful.
Justice, in this context, has to do with being fair in giving out both benefits and risks. How these principles relate to one another varies with each circumstance. In some cases, one principle may be the most important.