BIO 210: In this course we will discuss the ethical controversies that arise in biology and medicine. We will begin with an introduction to ethics, how we come about the standards by which we determine what is right and what is not. We will then look at scientific research, and how the process by which modern research is done creates pressures that can lead to scientific fraud. We will also discuss the conflicts of interest that have arisen as researchers invest in businesses that arise as a result of their discoveries. We will talk about restrictions on research on human subjects, as well as the use of animals in research. Then we will move on to the ethical questions that have been generated by the modern biotechnologies: stem cell research, cloning, sequencing of the human genome, genetic testing and gene therapy. Finally, we will discuss medical issues, starting with the ethics of the US health care system and issues in modern reproductive technologies, neuroethics and end of life ethical dilemmas.
By the end of the summer, you will:
- Understand the basic mechanisms of modern biotechnologies.
- Recognize the ethical implications of these biotechnologies.
- Formulate and justify opinions on the appropriate course of action in each ethical situation posed.
BIO 210 Doing the Right Thing: Ethical Decision-making in Biology and Medicine
Summer 2016 Session I
Synchronous Online Meetings, Tusedays and Thursdays 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm