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Bioethics is the ethics of decision-making about advances in biological science, medical science and cybernetics.


Definition and Scope

Bioethics involves the analysis of the ethical questions arising from choices resulting from advances in biology and medical science and cybernetics. There is no scholarly or popular consensus on the proper scope for ethical evaluation of the choices resulting from such advances. Some bioethicists would narrow ethical evaluation only to the morality of medical therapy or technological innovations, and the timing of medical treatment of humans. Other bioethicists would broaden the scope of ethical evaluation to include the morality of all actions that might help or harm organisms capable of feeling fear and pain.

Bioethics often involve public policy questions which social conservatives have or may use to mobilize their political constituencies. For this reason, some biologists and others involved in the development of technology have come to see any mention of "bioethics" as an attempt to derail their work and react to it as such, regardless of the true intent. Transhumanist biologists in particular can be inclined to this line of thought, as they see their work as inherently ethical, and attacks on it as misguided.

List of Bioethics Issues

Bioethicists employ philosophy and sometimes theology tricked out as philosophy to reach conclusions about the issues listed above.

See also




  • Carolyn Abraham. "Creating First Synthetic Lifeform." Globe and Mail. December 19, 2005.
  • Ben Bova. Immortality: How Science is Extending Your Life-Span and Changing the World. New York: Avon Books. ISBN 0380793180.
  • Thomas A. Georges. Digital Soul: Intelligent Machines and Human Values. Boulder: Westview. ISBN 0813340578.
  • Robert D. Orr and Leigh B. Genesen. Requests for Inappropriate Treatment Based on Religious Beliefs in Journal of Medical Ethics, Vol. 23, 1997. pp. 142-147.
  • Van Rensselaer Potter. (1971). Bioethics: Bridge to the Future. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0130765058.
  • Van Rensselaer Potter. (1988). Global Bioethics: Building on the Leopold Legacy. East Lansing. Michigan State University Press. ISBN 0870132644.
  • R.P. Sloan, E. Bagiella and T. Powlell. Religion, Spirituality, and Medicine, The Lancet, 1999, 353(9153): 1-7.
  • Peter Stevin and Joe Stevens, Detainees' Medical Files Shared Guantanamo Interrogators' Access Criticized Washington Post June 10, 2004, Page A01
  • John Thomas. Where Religious and Secular Ethics Meet in Humane Health Care International, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 1996.
  • Catherine Waldby & Robert Mitchell. 2006. Tissue Economies. Duke University Press. ISBN 0822337576.

External links

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