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From end-of-life decision making to genetically modified organisms, health care and biotechnology are raising crucial dilemmas for ethics.

At the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, we work with hospitals, ethics committees, public health departments, and individual health care providers to develop practical approaches to hard problems. We deal with issues such as pandemics, health care for vulnerable patient populations, medically ineffective treatment, organ transplantation, and genetic testing. Out of our work, we have developed a rich set of articles, cases, and videos on all aspects of bioethics.

Bioethics Stories


    Reflections from an Intern

    Briana Britton participated in a Center program that brings undergrads into hospitals to observe ethical issues first-hand.

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    Ethics in the News

    • Free Warriors Tickets

      East Bay Politicians Get Free Warriors Tickets

      Is it ethical for public servants to use city-owned VIP basketball tickets for themselves?

    • A Conflict of Interest?

      A Conflict of Interest?

      Is there a conflict of interest when public officials like North Carolina treasurer Janet Cowell accept roles working in the private sector?

    • Research Ethics and Offshore Drilling

      Research Ethics and Offshore Drilling

      Executive Director Kirk Hanson comments on the desire by public officials for impartial research, specifically as it pertains to the possibility of offshore drilling proposals.