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Introduction to Bioethics, 2nd Edition

John A. Bryant, Linda Baggott la Velle

ISBN: 978-1-119-08015-2 March 2018 Wiley-Blackwell 360 Pages



Provides comprehensive, yet concise coverage of the broad field of bioethics, dealing with the scientific, medical, social, religious, political and international concerns

This book offers complete information about all aspects of bioethics and its role in our world. It tackles the concerns of bioethicists, dealing with the ethical questions that arise in the relationships among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, and philosophy. The book introduces the various modes of ethical thinking and then helps the reader to apply that thinking to issues relating to the environment, to plants and animals, and to humans.

Written in an accessible manner, Introduction to Bioethics, Second Edition focuses on key issues directly relevant to those studying courses ranging from medicine through to biology and agriculture. Ethical analysis is threaded throughout each chapter and supplementary examples are included to stimulate further thought. In addition there are numerous mini-case studies to aid understanding, together with key references and further reading. Topics covered include genetic modification; GM crops, human genetics and genomics; cloning and stem cells; assisted reproduction; end of life issues; human enhancement; transhumanism and more.

  • A concise introduction covering the whole field of bioethics
  • Ethical analysis included throughout
  • Mini case-studies in each chapter place ethics into specific contexts
  • Includes exercises and commentary to further clarify ethical discussions
  • Now fully revised, updated and re-ordered, with new chapters on Biofuels and on Synthetic Biology

Introduction to Bioethics, Second Edition is primarily aimed at undergraduate students taking courses in biomedical sciences, biological sciences, and medicine. It will also be useful to anyone with an interested in the ethics of biological and biomedical science, including science journalists and reporters, who want to inform themselves about current developments.


Setting the scene
1 Science and Society
2 Ethics and Bioethics

Biomedical science and medical technology
3 Life Before Birth I The New Reproductive Technologies
4 Life Before Birth II Embryos, Foetuses and Associated Issues
5 Cloning and Stem Cells
6 Human Genes and Genomes
7 Transhumanism
8 Decisions at the End of Life -When May I Die and When am I Dead?

Chapter Nine GM and Synthetic Biology
Chapter Ten Genetic Modification of Plants
11 Genes: Some Wider Issues
12 Biofuels

Humans and the Biosphere
13 Humans and Non-human animals
14 The Environmental Crisis
15 Planet and Population