Biotech Ethics BLOG
This blog is about ethical issues in the biotechnology industry. That includes all 3 main areas of that industry: health biotech, food biotech, and industrial biotech. (The last two are particularly important, and don't get enough attention.)
Unlike my Business Ethics Blog, this one will focus on aggregating information, rather than offering much commentary.
The Business Ethics Blog (by Chris MacDonald)
The Research Ethics Blog (by Nancy Walton and Chris MacDonald)
Genethics.ca (by Bryn Williams-Jones)
Ethics of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
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Ethics for the Biotech Industry (my scholarly research)
Monthly Archives: March 2009
Funding Research on Comparative Effectiveness
From the Wall St. Journal: Coming Soon: Comparative Effectiveness Research for Biotech Which treatment works best for a given medical condition? The big stimulus package includes $1.1 billion in funding for so-called “comparative-effectiveness” research aimed at answering that question. Now … Continue reading
“Hacking” Someone’s Genome
From the New Scientist: Special investigation: How my genome was hacked INTIMATE secrets hidden in your DNA could be stolen without you even realising. By taking a glass from which you have drunk, a “genome hacker” could obtain a comprehensive … Continue reading
CyClone Dairy: “Perfect Cows. Perfect Milk.”
I assume this is a spoof. Here’s what is supposedly the website for CyClone Dairy (a dairy that claims that 100% of its milk comes from cloned cows). If anyone knows who’s behind this, email me.
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Salmon Genes & Deliberative Democracy
From the Tyee: Salmon Genes, Discuss Fish is not something that usually makes us tense, but we didn’t know what to expect. We had invited 26 regular B.C. folk to Vancouver to discuss their hopes and concerns for sequencing the … Continue reading
Biotech: Health, Food, Manufacturing
Quick comment & question: The biotech industry (& biotech research more generally) has 3 main areas: health biotech (new drugs, stem cell research, etc.)food biotech (GM crops, GM aquaculture, etc.)industrial biotech (using microbes & enzymes in manufacturing or, for example, … Continue reading
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Milk from GM Goats to Fight Intestinal Disease in Brazil
From UC Davis News & Information: U.S.-Brazilian Research Team to Tackle Deadly Intestinal Diseases with Genetically Enhanced Goats’ Milk Scientists in Brazil and at the University of California, Davis, are teaming up to develop a herd of genetically modified dairy … Continue reading
Pushing Biotech in Europe
From the International Herald Tribune: A new push to win EU acceptance for biotechFirst few paragraphs… The biotechnology industry, claiming the backing of European Union governments, signaled a new effort Monday to win greater leeway to grow genetically modified crops … Continue reading
Stem Cell, Public Policy & Innovation
Here’s an editorial from the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research: Stem Cells and the Truth About Medical InnovationFirst few paragraphs… Whatever one thinks of the ethics of using human embryos in medical research, the rhetoric around President Barack … Continue reading
Cheaper Copies of Biotech Meds?
From Reuters: US lawmakers propose generic biotech drug plan U.S. lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan proposal on Wednesday to allow government approval for cheaper copies of biotechnology medicines that cost as much as tens of thousands of dollars per year. Representative … Continue reading
Biotech reverse merger: Fair to shareholders?
Biotech ethics isn’t all science ethics. This story is about fair treatment of shareholders. From the San Jose Mercury News: A biotech firm taking a chance on a reverse merger It is called a reverse merger. And for a failing … Continue reading
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