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Ethics and Bioethics

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the first in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). It shows us how bioethics issues affect us all and how we hear about issues which fall into this category on a daily basis.


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 1: Ethics and Bioethics in Education
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Genetically Modified Crops

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the second in the series of briefings and was written by John Bryant (University of Exeter). It highlights the background in selective plant breeding over the centuries and then describes the more recent advances and the introduction of genetically modified crops.


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 2: Crop plant genetic modification
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the third in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). It covers the issues concerning assisted conception and "designer babies", which is a term which is often heard in the popular media.


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 3: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Xenotransplantation

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the fourth in the series of briefings and was written by Chris Willmott (University of Leicester). As human-to-human transplantation has become more and more successful, it has almost become a victim of its own success. There is a shortage of donor organs, and even with more government initiatives to change the organ donor register system, there will still be a shortfall. Would animal cells, organs and tissues be able to fill this gap?


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 4: Xenotransplantation
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Stem Cells

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the fifth in the series of briefings and was written by John Bryant (University of Exeter). This briefing provides background on stem cell, the two different types of stem cells (adult and embryonic), and the ethics involved in using them.


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 5:Stem Cells
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Issues at the End of Life

This resource comprises a series of briefings and is part of the Bioethics Bytes website. This is the sixth and final one of the series of briefings and was jointly written by John Searle (South West Ministry Training Course) and John Bryant (University of Exeter). Should it be legal for doctors to actively participate in ending the lives of terminally ill patients? What are the concerns raised?


Resource: Bioethics Briefing No 6: Issues at the End of Life
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Science and the Ethics of Stem Cells

In March 2009 Dr Chris Wilmott was interviewed by SuperSonic FM, a Leicester school radio station, as part of their National Science Week activities. This is a recording of the interview (27.5 minutes).


Resource: SuperSonic FM
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Audio

Protect Consumers from Gene Tests

A BBC news article where Dr Ainsley Newson, senior lecturer in biomedical ethics at the University of Bristol is interviewed and gives his opinions on the inherent dangers of being given your DNA sequence on a memory stick.


Resource: BBC News Article
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Top 60 Genetics Blogs

A list of links to genetics-related blogs world-wide. Topics covered include issues such as health, biotechnology, evolution and many more.


Resource: Top 60 Genetics Blogs
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

BioethicsBytes

An online collection of multimedia resources to help with the teaching of bioethics, arranged by topic category.


Resource: BioethicsBytes website
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, videos, miscellaneous

The Ethics of Genetics

Wellcome Trust Site with news, features and background information.


Resource: The Wellcome Trust:  Ethics of Genetics
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, videos, miscellaneous

The Genetic Alliance UK

Formally known as the Genetic Interest Group (GIG), Genetic Alliance UK is a national alliance of patient organisations with a membership of over 180 charities which support children, families and individuals affected by genetic disorders.


Resource: The Genetic Alliance UK
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material, videos, miscellaneous

Topical Information and Resources

This is brought to you by The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and bioethics.com. The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity exists to help individuals and organizations address the pressing bioethical challenges of today, including managed care, end-of-life treatment, genetic intervention, euthanasia and suicide, and reproductive technologies. bioethics.com is a global information source on bioethics news and issues.


Resource: Topical Information and Resources
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Pigs Offer New Stem Cell Source

BBC news article about Chinese scientists who have given cells from adult pigs the ability to turn into any tissue in the body, just like embryonic stem cells.


Resource: BBC News
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

Scientists Make Sperm Cells

BBC news article about UK scientists who claim to have made human sperm from stem cells. They foresee a possible use in treatment on male infertility.


Resource: BBC News
Age range:  16-18
Approach: Topic Material

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A series of videos discussing the use of organisms such as yeast and fruit flies to improve our understanding of human disease.


Resources:

Age range:  14-16, 16-18
Approach: Video

BioethicsBytes: Forensic uses of DNA

This 5 minute video looks at a fictional murder in Leicester and reflects on some of the ethical arguments for and against the use of DNA evidence in such cases. It includes an interview with Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, inventor of the original method for DNA fingerprinting.


Resource: Forensic uses of DNA
Approach: Video

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Headline Bioethics is a resource that contains background information and structured activities based on online video clips, to enable busy lecturers and school teachers to address the science and ethical implications of new developments in biology and biomedicine. There are two study guides in this series:

  • Genetic Modification of Food
  • Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis


Resource: Headline Bioethics
Approach: Tutorial activity

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