HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Amid growing public concerns, bioscience firms begin formalizing ethical decision-making practices

Pharmaceutical, biotechnology and bio-agricultural companies, grappling with an array of complex ethical issues, are gradually formalizing systematic approaches to ethical decision-making, according to a two-year study by leading international ethics and bioscience researchers.

Bioscience companies operations pose many ethical dilemmas. They produce and sell genetically modified foods, conduct gene therapy experiments and embryonic stem cell research to produce new therapies, use animals to test new pharmaceuticals, manipulate life'TMs building blocks, create transgenic animals to produce drugs, commercialize genetic and biological materials, compile and use personal genetic information, and set drug prices for domestic and developing country markets.

Companies of all sizes and in all sectors, faced with growing questions and concerns, are recognizing and acting on public pressure to demonstrate business methods that are not just legal but ethical too, according to research conducted jointly by the Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB) at the University of Toronto, the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (Claremont CA), Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), and l'TMUniversite de Montreal.

More than 100 in-depth interviews with managers and top executives at 13 diverse bioscience firms, large and small, all with reputations for developing new approaches, were conducted to capture and summarize the way the industry innovators today address ethical challenges. The research represents some of the first empirical evidence of how bioscience companies are dealing with ethical issues now, establishing a constructive starting point on which to build.

The research results are newly published in the book Bioindustry Ethics (Elsevier Academic Press), with a summary (and accompanying editorial) published today by PLOS Medicine, the paper entitled "Lessons on Ethical Decision Making fro
'"/>

Contact: Terry Collins
terrycollins@rogers.com
416-538-8712
University of Toronto Joint Center for Bioethics
3-Apr-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4 5

Related biology news :

1. Citrus greening continues to spread in citrus growing areas
2. Threats to wild tigers growing
3. FSU engineering professor growing bone in a lab
4. Use of wind energy in US growing, but planning and guidelines are lacking
5. MIT creates 3-D scaffold for growing stem cells
6. A new approach to growing heart muscle
7. A giant among minnows: Giant danio can keep growing
8. After North Korea test, what can be done to reduce the growing nuclear threat?
9. Genomatix appoints distributor for the growing Chinese market
10. Minimal cocktail for growing human embryonic stem cells established
11. New journal article urges use of animal serum-free media for growing live cells

Post Your Comments:
(Date:7/30/2014)... protection from HIV infection could be as simple as ... , University of Washington bioengineers have discovered a ... protects women from contracting HIV. Their method spins the ... contact with moisture, releasing higher doses of the drug ... or creams. , "This could offer women a potentially ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... Long before humans figured out how to create colors, ... bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. ... a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics. ... and architectures of materials rather than dyes, to ... Letters . , N. Asger Mortensen, Anders Kristensen and ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... Steven Chown has been awarded the Scientific Committee ... in Antarctic Research. , SCAR, an inter-disciplinary international ... international scientific research in the Antarctic region, and ... the Earth system. The organisation also provides scientific ... responsible for governing the region. , The medal ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Dissolvable fabric loaded with medicine might offer faster protection against HIV 2Dissolvable fabric loaded with medicine might offer faster protection against HIV 3
(Date:7/30/2014)... 30, 2014 Sales Horizons, a leader ... blended sales training programs for companies engaged in complex ... used by thousands of salespeople over 25 years in ... program can be customized to address the unique sales ... blended sales training program consists of two parts: ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... July 30, 2014 With the ... of personal health expenditure as well as the ... system, China diagnostic reagent industry has been developing ... 90%. In 2013, Chinese in vitro diagnostics market ... came from in vitro diagnostic reagents. , ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... BCC Research ( http://www.bccresearch.com ) reveals ... in Industrial Applications , the global market for industrial ... by 2018, registering a five-year compound annual growth rate ... recorded in the detergent enzyme segment with a CAGR ... has influenced almost every sector of industrial activity, ranging ...
(Date:7/30/2014)... July 30, 2014 Yuma Regional ... and complementary therapies brings comprehensive cancer care to ... Yuma Regional Cancer Center has officially opened. A ... program includes services such as open, semi-private and ... American Cancer Society Resource Center, hematology, rehabilitation center, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Sales Horizons Launches New Blended Sales Training Programs to Companies Engaged in Complex B2B Sales 2Sales Horizons Launches New Blended Sales Training Programs to Companies Engaged in Complex B2B Sales 3China Diagnostic Reagent Industry Report, 2013-2016 | Researchmoz 2China Diagnostic Reagent Industry Report, 2013-2016 | Researchmoz 3Global Market for Industrial Enzymes to Reach Nearly $7.1 Billion by 2018; Detergent Enzyme Market to Record Maximum Growth 2Global Market for Industrial Enzymes to Reach Nearly $7.1 Billion by 2018; Detergent Enzyme Market to Record Maximum Growth 3Sate-of-the-Art Yuma Regional Cancer Center Officially Opens 2
Cached News: