Journal of APPLIED BIOMEDICINE
ISSN 1214-0287 (on-line)
ISSN 1214-021X (printed)

Volume 3 (2005), No 3, p 109-113




Current ethical problems in cell biology

Josef Berger

Address: Josef Berger, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, University of South Bohemia, Branisovska 31, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
berger@jcu.cz

Received 10th July 2005.
Published online 2nd September 2005.

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SUMMARY
We selected important ethical conflicts of interest in current cell biology and which remain still unresolved: the use of human biological material, patents for biological material, cloning and use of stem cells, genetic engineering, onset of human life and death, and the use of vertebrate biomodels. New data from cell and molecular biology cannot facilitate the solution of such problems - on the contrary, they make these solutions more difficult. A solution may be found within the socio-cultural problems. Intensive research is necessary both to accomplish economical and medical benefit and to clarify ethical rules. Thus, essential cell biology seems to be the important part of education for non-life sciences students and students of biology and medicine would touch the social and ethical implications of recent biotechnologies in each knowledge-based economy.

KEY WORDS
bioethics; quality control; cloning; toxicity; neuropharmacology; criminal and warlike misuse


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