166 Ethics and Societal Responsibility: Introduction


This chapter explores the questions of the role of ethics in science, the role of responsibility of science for society, and the responsibility society has in science. It is not meant as an in-depth study of ethics in general. Please look at philosophy books for a thorough study of ethics.

The smoke of an atomic bomb
Figure 17.1 A dense column of smoke rises more than 60,000 feet into the air over the Japanese port of Nagasaki, the result of an atomic bomb, the second ever used in warfare, dropped on the industrial center on August 8, 1945, from a U.S. B-29 Superfortress. Image credit: “atomic-bomb” by vaXzine is marked with CC BY-NC-ND 2.0



Chapter Outline

17.1. Definition of Ethics & Societal Responsibility

17.2. History of Ethics in STEM Science

17.3. Atomic Fission Albert Einstein & Atomic Bomb

17.4. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

17.5. Helsinki Protocol for Human Research

17.6. Henrietta Lacks & HeLa cells

17.7. Gene Therapy and Death in 2000 

17.8. Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease 2018

17.9. Ethics of Medical Disease Diagnostics

17.10. Ethics of Genetic Testing

17.11. Ethics of Gene Therapy

17.12. Ethics of DNA testing in Forensic Science & Criminal Justice

17.13. Importance of Ethics in Personal Experiences of Healthcare


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