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Books, Journals, New Media
January 22/29, 2003

Biotechnology, Bioethics

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.

JAMA. 2003;289(4):490-491. doi:10.1001/jama.289.4.490

The time couldn't be better for a book on the ethical issues associated with biotechnology. Given the extent to which biotechnology affects our daily lives and the polarized concerns about it expressed in the popular press, ranging from wholehearted endorsement to apprehensive condemnation, there has been relatively little serious attention focused on the ethical issues associated with corporate biotechnology. Biotechnology is driven in large part by forces in the private sector, yet careful discussions about ethical issues tend to happen in the academy, typically far removed from the boardrooms where important decisions are made. In Guiding Icarus: Merging Bioethics With Corporate Interests, Rahul K. Dhanda, an employee of a biotechnology company, sets out to bring bioethics to the private sector. This is a critical task.

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