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: May 2009
GM Salmon Coming Soon
From Oliver Moore, writing for the Globe & Mail: Meet – and eat – the modified Atlantic salmon It looks like a normal Atlantic salmon, and the fish’s creators say it tastes like one, too. But this is no ordinary … Continue reading
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GM Crops Stir Indian Farmer Suicides… or Not.
From the Daily Mail (Nov. 3, ’08) The GM genocide: Thousands of Indian farmers are committing suicide after using genetically modified crops When Prince Charles claimed thousands of Indian farmers were killing themselves after using GM crops, he was branded … Continue reading
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ACLU vs. Myriad
2 more articles to recommend re the ACLU v. Myriad case I mentioned a few days ago. They are: Rebecca Skloot, writing for Double X, provides this very good overview of the issues & an explanation of what’s at stake: … Continue reading
Biotech for the Low-Carbon Chemicals Industry
From BusinessGreen.com: Mandelson: Biotech to plant seeds for low-carbon chemicals industry Industrial biotechnology – the use of plants in producing materials and chemicals – has the potential to cut greenhouse gas emissions across the EU chemicals industry by five per … Continue reading
ACLU Sues Myriad & US Patent Office
From CNN: ACLU sues over patents on breast cancer genes Patents on two human genes linked to breast and ovarian cancers are being challenged in court by the American Civil Liberties Union, which argues that patenting pure genes is unconstitutional … Continue reading
Hey, Biohackers: This Blog is for You, Too!
Hacking is fun. Most people think of hacking as involving breaking into computer systems. But in its broadest sense, hacking means roughly taking an existing system and fiddling with its parts to make it do something it wasn’t designed to … Continue reading
Genome Transplants and the Philosopher’s Stone
From the Guardian: First genome transplant turns one species into another Scientists have converted an organism into an entirely different species by performing the world’s first genome transplant, a breakthrough that paves the way for the creation of synthetic forms … Continue reading
Clearer Regs for Genetic Testing, Please!
Here’s a good example to demonstrate that, contrary to popular opinion, business does not always hate regulation. Good, clear, consistent regulation is good for business. L.A. Times: Genetic testing system is badly flawed, experts say Genetic tests that predict a … Continue reading
Is Industrial Biotech the Same as Green Chemistry?
Most people have never heard of “industrial biotechnology.” They’ve heard of the kind of biotech that is going to “revolutionize” health-care, and they’ve heard of agricultural biotech (via the debate over GM foods). But aside from a few vague references … Continue reading