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Bioethics for Biotechnologists: From Dolly to CRISPR

D. Caballero-Hernandez
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  • Laboratorio de Inmunología y Virología, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL), Nuevo León, Mexico
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Published Online: 2017-04-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opag-2017-0016

Abstract

Bioethics, as a discipline, has developed mainly, but not exclusively, around themes of moral importance for the medical practice, such as abortion and euthanasia, a never ending discussion that has been shaped by social mores and influenced by scientific and technological advance. However, in the past 20 years an important shift has been taking place, one where bioethical issues and their discussion are starting to being driven by the so-called emerging biotechnologies, from cloning to genome sequencing and editing. If Bioethics is concerned with human beings, and their interaction with other living beings and the environment, it makes sense for Biotechnology, by definition the use of living systems or organisms to develop products, to become an important, if not the most important, source of bioethical conflicts in modern era and for future society. As Biotechnology keeps expanding and becomes entangled in everyday life, so does the need for ethical competent biotechnologists, with competencies built not only on ethical principles but also on a realistic grasp of the impact these technologies could have on human society and the world we inhabit.

Keywords: Biotechnology; genome editing; animal cloning; ethics; fairness; biothreats; biosafety; biosecurity

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About the article

Received: 2017-01-05

Accepted: 2017-02-22

Published Online: 2017-04-12

Published in Print: 2017-02-01


Citation Information: Open Agriculture, Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 160–165, ISSN (Online) 2391-9531, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opag-2017-0016.

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