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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Bioengineering Cases

Case studies on ethics for bioengineers
  • A bioengineering researcher discovers an error in protocol and feels pressured not to report it to her supervisor.

  • A medical researcher is asked to trim data before presenting it to the scientific advisory board.

  • A genetic engineer feels a responsibility to educate colleagues on the truth behind stem cell research.

  • A medical company asks blood sample suppliers to sign an ethically questionable consent form.

  • A researcher of regenerative medicine meets a man who is eager sign up for potentially dangerous human testing.

  • A bioengineer's research leads to the discovery that a patient might have prostate cancer.

  • An employee overseeing data analysis on a clinical drug trial has concerns about the safety of a client's drug.