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Title: Ethics and Biotechnology


1
Ethics and Biotechnology
  • Intro to Biotech 13

2
Definition of bioethics
  • Code of values for our actions
  • Ethics could be considered guide to separate
    right and wrong, good from evil
  • Area of biological research and biotechnological
    applications

3
Guide
  • How to think about ethics
  • Encourage you to ask questions
  • Think about how to ask the right questions
  • Acquire all the facts
  • Make decisions based on information and facts
    rather than emotional reactions

4
Right type of questions
  • Not Can this be done? but Should this be
    done?
  • If something should be done, the question then
    becomes how can it be done in the right way?

5
Utilitarian Approach
  • Situational ethics
  • Something is good if it useful
  • Action is moral if it maximizes pleasure among
    humans
  • greatest good for the greatest number

6
Deontological Approach
  • Objectivism
  • Kantian approach or duty ethics
  • Certain imperatives, or absolute principles,
    which we should follow out of a sense of duty and
    which should dictate our actions

7
Example of difference
  • Paragraph on p.289
  • Differences can sometimes be blended
  • Gather information, consider the facts, make a
    thoughtful and informed decision

8
Discussion points
  • p.292
  • p.293
  • p.298
  • p. 301

9
Additional resources
  • http//www.bioethics.net/404.php
  • http//bioethics.gov/
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