The Ethics Blog

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

Tag: commercialization

Commercialization, but not at any price

In a previous post, I tried to make the point that the pharmaceutical industry can support altruism between research participants and patients, despite the fact that the industry itself is not altruistic but is driven by profit. Medical research will not benefit patients, unless results are developed into commercially available treatments. However, this presupposes, of […]

Public ethics and human morality

Is ethics universally valid or can we act differently as moral individuals than as ethical representatives of public institutions? I just read a well-argued article in Science Policy Forum, discussing whether patients should be paid for their tissue. As their point of departure, the authors cite the (by now) famous case of Henrietta Lacks. Contrary to […]

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