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Professional Ethics: Bioethics

An informational guide to help you understand ethics and how they relate to various professional fields, including business, computers and technology, science, medicine and more, including resources in the BC3 Library and on the Internet.

Databases for Today's Controversial Issues

Suggested Databases for Bioethics/Medical Ethics Information

TED Talk: How CRISPR Lets Us Edit Our DNA

Bioethics/Medical Ethics Websites

Bioethics/Medical Ethics Journal Articles

Henrietta Lacks' immortal legacy

Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman whose cancer cells are the source of the HeLa cell line, the first immortalized human cell line and one of the most important cell lines in medical research.

Articles about Lacks and the ethics surrounding the HeLa cell line:

Nature: "Science must right a historical wrong"

Nature: "Deal done over HeLa cell line"

Embryo Project Encyclopedia: "HeLa Cells 50 Years on: the good, the bad, and the ugly"

NewScientist: "Genetic privacy: we must learn from the story of Henrietta Lacks"

The Wall Street Journal: "Henrietta Lacks and her remarkable cells will finally see some payback"


Bioethics Books

Locating Books in the BC3 Library

The BC3 Library has both print and electronic books about bioethics and related subjects. They are all listed in the BC3 Library Catalog where you will find Dewey call numbers to locate books on the shelves (lower level of the library) and links to connect you to e-books. E-books can also be searched separately in our two e-book collections: e-Book Central by Proquest and e-Book Collection by EBSCO.

Browsing the Stacks

Most books about bioethics are located in the 174 section of the library, near other books related to ethics.

Other books that pertain to bioethics may be found with biology and genetics books, in the 570 area of the shelves.

OER Resources for Bioethics

Related Guides by the BC3 Library

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