The Ethics Blog

A blog from the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB)

Month: February 2013

Fruitful uncertainty

We tend to imagine the minds of great thinkers and scientists as fountains of knowledge, intelligence and certainty. That is what their brilliant works make us believe. The products are perfect; therefore, the minds that produced them must have been perfect. Well, the opposite may also be true. Brilliant works can stem from an ability to endure […]

Ethical principles causing moral hallucinations

I want to continue the discussion in my previous blog post. It concerned an article raising the question whether researchers in genomics have a duty to actively look for incidental findings. Joanna Forsberg aptly remarked that the notion of looking for findings that one isn’t looking for is strange. She also pointed out that healthcare […]

An obligation to look for incidental findings in genomics research?

A new article in The American Journal of Bioethics attempts to take the discussion about incidental findings in genomics research a step further by asking: “Assuming there is a duty to disclose significant incidental findings, might there be an obligation for researchers to actively look for these findings?” The authors use an ancillary care model […]

Solidarity and biobanking

The concept of solidarity is currently receiving attention in bioethics and inspires new approaches to ethical problems. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics recently published a report – Solidarity: reflections on an emerging concept in bioethics – initiating the development of a systematic solidarity framework for approaching difficult ethical questions in biobanking, biosecurity and health inequalities. […]

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