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Books, Journals, New Media
December 1, 2004

Bioethics, Business

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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.

JAMA. 2004;292(21):2661-2666. doi:10.1001/jama.292.21.2664

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.

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