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WHAT are bioethics?

Bioethics is the exploration of the ethical questions raised by advances in medicine and technology. These may include ethical, legal and social implications of inventions and research.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences expands on the definition:

"Bioethics is the study of ethical, social, and legal issues that arise in biomedicine and biomedical research. Bioethics includes medical ethics, which focuses on issues in health care; research ethics, which focuses issues in the conduct of research; environmental ethics, which focuses on issues pertaining to the relationship between human activities and the environment, and public health ethics, which addresses ethical issues in public health." (

This guide serves as a starting point for finding resources on bioethics for ENG-112. Topics may include:

  • animal testing
  • cloning
  • designer humans
  • euthanasia
  • fetal tissue research
  • human subjects in research
  • Henrietta Lacks / HeLa cells
  • gene therapy
  • genetic testing
  • organ donation
  • reproductive ethics
  • stem cell research


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