Bioethicists have not spent a lot of time mulling the moral implications of basic science research. The solitary researcher in the basic sciences has not been considering the ethical implications of studying cultures growing in petri dishes.
But with stem cell, cloning, and genome research becoming more prevalent, that dynamic is starting to change.
"When somebody is doing something around hot-button topics, there will be ethical concerns," said Howard Brody, MD, a director of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).
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