Bioethics
Opened Petridish

Biotechnology and biomedical advances present a special challenge to our society because the evils we seek to avoid are so intimately connected with the goods this technology promises to deliver. Biotechnology raises a whole suite of ethical quandaries including issues of equitable access to therapies and concerns over privacy. The stalling of agricultural biotechnology has taught us that society expects greater benefits than increased corporate profits. More profoundly, our increasing ability to manipulate our own genome raises serious ethical dilemmas that go right to the heart of what it means to be human. As we acquire more power to alter the genetic basis of life, we must also acquire the moral wisdom to recognize and respect the boundaries of legitimate human action and the sacred provinces of God and nature.


H/P Case Studies:
The President's Council on Bioethics

Links:
Beyond Therapy: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness. (The President's Council on Bioethics Washington, D.C., October 2003.)

In the News :
The New Politics of Biotechnology (Slate, Nov. 11, 2006)

New York Plans to Make Gender Personal Choice (New York Times, November 7, 2006)

Excommunication Is Sought for Stem Cell Researchers (Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times, July 1, 2006)

Too Much Information: Results of Home DNA Tests Can Shock, Misinform Some Users (Sandra Boodman, Washington Post, June 13, 2006)

Contra-Contraception (Russell Shorto, New York Times, May 7, 2006)

Celling Spin: the reasonableness of the Bush policy, and the unreasonableness of its critics (Eric Cohen, New York Times, May 4, 2006)

That Thing in a Petri Dish: Arguing about Embryos
(Gilbert Meilaender & Robert P. George, National Review, February 21, 2006)