Bioethics: An introduction for the biosciences

Paperback | March 19, 2008

byBen Mepham

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Bioethical issues remain front-page news, with debate continuing to rage over issues including genetic modification, animal cloning, and 'designer babies'. With public opinion often driven by media speculation, how can we ensure that informed decisions regarding key bioethical issues are madein a reasoned, objective way? Bioethics: An Introduction for the Biosciences offers a balanced, objective introduction to the field of bioethics, ideal for any biosciences student who is new to the subject. With a focus on developing the students' power of reasoning and judgement, the book presents different perspectives tocommon themes in an impartial way, fostering debate and discussion. The opening section, 'The Ethical Groundwork', introduces students to the nature of bioethics and ethical theory. The book goes on to lead students through a broad range of bioethical issues relating to people, animals, and food, before concluding with an overview of bioethics in practice. The current generation of students will become the next generation of decision makers. Bioethics: An Introduction for the Biosciences is the perfect introduction to a field with which every biosciences student should be familiar. Online Resource CentreThe Online Resource Centre features:For registered adopters of the book:- Figures from the book in electronic format, ready to downloadFor students:- A web link library and hyperlinked reference list, giving ready access to additional information sources;- Topical updates: extensive summaries of the latest developments in those topics covered in the book, ensuring that the reader can remain up-to-date at all times

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Bioethical issues remain front-page news, with debate continuing to rage over issues including genetic modification, animal cloning, and 'designer babies'. With public opinion often driven by media speculation, how can we ensure that informed decisions regarding key bioethical issues are madein a reasoned, objective way? Bioethics: An ...

Special Professor in Applied Bioethics, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham and Visiting Professor in Bioethics, Department of Policy Studies, University of Lincoln, UK

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:450 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.94 inPublished:March 19, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214301

ISBN - 13:9780199214303

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Table of Contents

1. The theoretical background to bioethics1. The nature of bioethics2. Theories of ethics3. A framework for ethical analysis2. Bioethics and human futures4. The biology of poverty5. Fertility and morality6. Genomics, eugenics and integrity3. Bioethics and animals7. Human uses of animals8. Experiments on animals9. Animals and modern biotechnology4. Bioethics, plants and the environment10. The first generation of genetically modified crops11. Dietary futures12. Environmental sustainability5. Bioethics in practice13. Risk, precaution and trust14. Politics and the biosciences15. Bioethics in the laboratory

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`I am impressed with Mepham's knowledge of bioethics and his ability to articulately and intelligently communicate that knowledge to introductory students. His logical, objective approach in discussing a subject that is widely misunderstood, and often feared, is timely and important. I canthink of no other textbook that I would rather have in the classroom when asking students to leave their opinions, biases, and intellectual baggage at the door and consider bioethics in a meaningful, thoughtful, and substantive manner.'Jason Johnstone-Yellin, University of Idaho, USA