The Ethics Blog

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

Month: December 2015

Fourth issue of our newsletter about biobanks

Now you can read the fourth newsletter this year from CRB and BBMRI.se about ethical and legal issues in biobanking: Biobank perspectives: current issues in biobank ethics and law The newsletter contains three news items: Moa Kindström Dahlin describes the work on ethical and legal issues in the European platform for biobanking, BBMRI-ERIC, and reflects on […]

Ethical questions raised by experiencing another culture (By Amal Matar)

When I first moved to Sweden, I was pretty excited to explore a new country and experience Swedish culture and life. In many ways I had not expected the extent of the difference between what I was familiar with and Swedish culture. I assumed, naively, that I would be in a familiar setting because I […]

Trust, responsibility and the Volkswagen scandal

Volkswagen’s cheating with carbon emissions attracted a lot of attention this autumn. It has been suggested that the cheating will lead to a decrease in trust for the company, but also for the industry at large. That is probably true. But, we need to reflect on the value of trust, what it is and why […]

Why are bioethicists conducting empirical studies?

Bioethicists often make empirical studies of how the public, or relevant groups, perceive organ donation, euthanasia, or research participation; or how they perceive research that can be considered controversial, like embryonic stem cell research. An objection to empirical bioethics sometimes made is that empirical evidence cannot settle ethical issues. Suppose a survey shows strong support […]

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