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Published: 13 March 2008

438 Pages | 40 figures


ISBN: 9780199214303

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An introduction for the biosciences

Second Edition

Ben Mepham

  • Written specifically for biosciences students, with just the right mix of science and philosophy for this target audience
  • The broadest, most balanced textbook on bioethics available, offering students a clear, objective introduction to the subject
  • Presents different perspectives on common themes to encourage students to question, evaluate, and form a view
  • Chapters include many useful tools including self-assessment questions, topics for discussion, and exercises, which support and foster student learning
  • References to recommended further reading and useful web sites encourage the student to delve more deeply into areas of interest
  • Online Resource Centre features additional resources for both lecturers and students, including extensive topical updates to keep the reader fully informed of latest developments in this fast-moving field

New to this Edition:

  • This extensive revision captures the latest developments in this continually evolving field. Key changes include: Chapter 5: · updating of UK regulatory procedures/committees · expanded treatment of China's 'one-child' policy · international differences in standards of sexual morality
  • Chapter 6: · population studies on disease and genetics · forensic uses of DNA: critical assessment of UK database · coverage of developments in stem cell research - expanded treatment of saviour siblings
  • Chapter 7: · discussion of ethical concerns re seafoods · public attitudes to farm animal welfare in the EU · discussion of ethical concerns re pedigree dogs - the UK Animal Welfare Act (2005)
  • Chapter 8: · Nuffield Council on Bioethics report on animal experiments (2005) · limitations of animal experiments (re new trials assessment & life threatening human trials)
  • Chapter 12: · expanded treatment of 'deep ecology' · developments on climate change at UN and UK levels · expanded treatment of BSE and FMD · DEFRA programme on sustainability
  • Chapter 14: · updates on UK government policy/administration of biosciences (FSA, HFEA etc) · discussion of embryo experiments · discussion of animal/human hybrids in research
  • Chapter 15: · additional comments on business ethics · introduction of section on ethics of nanotechnology - introduction of section on neuroethics

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