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Frankenstein Research Project

Moral Issues in Science and Research

To finish off the Frankenstein unit, we will be examining some moral issues that are currently under discussion in the world of science and research.  Please use all the resources available in the library (internet, databases, encyclopedia, periodicals, etc.) to research the variables and parties involved in the debate surrounding the following topics.

What are the various positions and stands people take regarding this issue? 

Are there religious, philosophical, scientific, and/or moral issues at stake? 

Be prepared to present both sides of the argument fairly, and take a stand yourself. 

Document your evidence (MLA format)!

  • DNA Testing: for use in determining guilt/innocence in court cases
  • DNA to determine parental issues
  • Genetic Manipulation: selection of specific genes or selecting a fetus’ gender
  • Fetal Tissue research
  • Fetal Tissue harvesting for graphs and transplants
  • Medically prolonging life
  • Invitro Fertilization Artificial
  • Insemination Fertility drugs
  • Surrogate Motherhood
  • Transplant lists and recipient selection
  • Voluntary plastic surgery
  • Sperm banks (issues surrounding “superior” DNA)
  • Frozen sperm (allows for reproduction despite death or divorce)
  • Organ donation Animal harvesting for organ transplants
  • Comatose patients – maternity and prolongation of life
  • Euthanasia Cryogenics Cloning of animals
  • Cloning of humans  

These sites may be helpful in your research:

BMC Medical Ethics published by BioMed CentralBMC Medical Ethics publishes original research articles in the ethics of medical research and practice. BMC Medical Ethics (ISSN 1472-6939) is indexed/tracked/covered by PubMed and BIOSIS.

Bioethics Links-  This site has many points of departure to more specific issues.

SCI-TECH http://www.cnn.com/TECH/This site provides comprehensive and frequently updated science and technology news. A great place to find additional information about current science.

ScienceDaily Magazine http://www.sciencedaily.com/Up to date research news from all corners of science, covering all sorts of new discoveries and research projects. Searchable.

SciTech Daily Review http://www.scitechdaily.com/
Provides brief abstracts and links to science, technology, and social sciences news articles from magazines, newspapers, and science Web sites. Updated daily.

National Center for Health Statistics News Releases and Fact Sheets  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/releases.htm Statistical fact sheets on a variety of public health issues of interest to the general public such as teen pregnancy, infant mortality, contraceptive use, youth suicide, etc. Fact sheets include references to reports and telephone numbers for further information. Covers 1994 to the present. See also the NCHS Data Warehouse for more statistical information.

Reuters Health Information Services http://www.reutershealth.com/ Daily updates of health-related news, aimed at the health care professional. Archived items are searchable.

Bioethics Internet Project http://www.med.upenn.edu/bioethics/ Contains a general introduction to bioethics, including a listing of relevant journals and resources. Their Virtual Library has the full text of selected articles by the Center for Bioethics faculty.