Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles

General Biotechnology Ethics

Neuroethics: The Neuroscience Revolution, Ethics, and the Law
When science expands our understanding of something so central to human existence, these advances will necessarily cause changes in both our society and its laws. This paper seeks to forecast and explore the social and legal changes that neuroscience might bring in four areas: prediction, litigation, confidentiality and privacy, and patents.
Hank Greely
Framework for Thinking Ethically About Human Biotechnology
The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Framework is applied to issues in biotech.
Margaret R. McLean
Transhumanism, Ethics, and the Internet
Report on the Transhuman Visions conference, focusing on the ethics of extending and enhancing human life.
Brian Green
A Call to Moral Theologians: Biotech Needs More Attention
Essay on a talk by William Hurlbut, former member of the President's Council on Bioethics, sponsored by the Ethics Center
Brian Green
Biotechnology and Ethics Class (video)
Students learn the science, social impact, and ethics behind advances in biotechnology
Perspectives on Cognitive Enhancement
Hank Greely, professor of law at Stanford University, and the Emerging Issues Group at the Ethics Center look at the ethics of taking brain-boosting drugs.
Reflections on Research Ethics
The editor of Science magazine and president emeritus of Stanford University discusses issues confronting universities and journals.
Donald Kennedy
Politics and Science
Whatever one's view on the stem cell debate, good ethical thinking is never the result of compliance. It involves rigorous consideration of possible actions, not capitulation to a prefabricated conclusion, political or otherwise.
Margaret R. McLean