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.
The relationship between the biosciences and business has been productive
and profitable, yet it raises critical ethical questions ranging from integrity
of data to welfare of research participants. In Ethics and
the Business of Bioscience, Margaret Eaton examines such questions
primarily through compelling case studies.
Introductory material presents ethical reasoning as applied in business.
Eaton analyzes Monsanto’s experience with recombinant bovine somatotropin,
which was marketed to enhance milk production in cows. Subsequently, concerns
were raised about the safety of the product for cows, consumers, and the environment,
resulting in disputes over appropriate product labeling. While others may
take different analytical approaches to this and other cases, this example
demonstrates the need for a systematic analysis of ethical issues.
Sugarman J. Bioethics, Business. JAMA. 2004;292(21):2661-2666. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2664