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UNESCO Bioethics Declaration
Bioethics Blog With an egg-donation scandal at a top cloning lab, continued skirmishing over stem cells in the United States, and last month's first-ever face transplant, 2005 has given bioethicists plenty to contemplate. To follow the latest twists in these and other science stories with social impact, dive into the Web log launched in September 2004 by the editors of the American Journal of Bioethics. Although the journal's Web site offers some news, the blog format allows broader coverage and better explanations of issues, according to the three editors, who write most of the material. Its opinionated posts have highlighted developments such as classical musicians' use of beta blockers to quell stage fright and the current controversy over how South Korean stem cell pioneer Woo Suk Hwang's lab obtained human eggs (Science, 2 December, p. 1402). You'll also find newspaper commentaries co-written by a site editor.
Global Ethics Observatory The observatory is a system of databases with worldwide coverage in bioethics and other areas of applied ethics in science and technology such as environmental ethics, science ethics, and technology ethics.
Monsanto Canada GMO Patent Enforcement This article is from the perspective of a Canadian farmer that was sued by Monsanto Canada for (apparently unitentionally) growing a patented GMO.
Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Patent Enforcement. This article summarizes the state of GMO patent enforcement in the United States and Canada. In particular it discusses the Monsanto v Schmeiser case in Canada and the Smithkline v Apotex case in the US.
Transatlantic Spread of GM Rice An experimental variety of genetically modified (GM) rice has ended up in comercial supplies in the United States and Europe.
 
Access Act U.S. Senate bill 1956 entitled "Access, Compassion, Care, and Ethics for Seriously Ill Patients" Act was recently debated. The intention of the bill is to bypass much of the FDA testing of new drugs for seriously ill patients. This ethical dilemma has been with us for sometime. Do we delay providing potentially lifesaving but untested drugs to terminally ill patients or do we allow the pharmaceutical companies to unscrupulous market ineffective drugs to desperate people?
Topics in Ethics and Environment is a compendium of topical essays with themes addressing ethical and environmental issues in science. Current topics are--A vaccine rationing strategy, problems from the bias against publishing negative or ambiguous experimental results, self-censorship from synthetic biologists because of terrorists concerns, problems with schemes to discourage CO2 emissions using market mechanisms, how scientific descriptions for new or rare species are contributing to their extinction, and the practice of finding criminals through the DNA of their relatives. This file has been password protected because of copyright restrictions. If you are a teacher potentially using this material for the classroom contact the appropriate MSE department chair for the password. If you are a student who has been assigned something in this compendium contact your teacher for the password.