An Eye On Ethics

In your editorial launching of BioBusiness1 you rightly note the business potential of new discoveries in molecular and genetic biology. It sounds useful and I look forward to reading it. One thing I found missing in your article is a critical eye toward the role of business in science. With a current government administration twisting and suppressing scientific discoveries while simultaneously giving huge perks to pharmaceutical companies, it behooves all of us to pay close attention to who is

Allan Barger
Oct 10, 2004

In your editorial launching of BioBusiness1 you rightly note the business potential of new discoveries in molecular and genetic biology. It sounds useful and I look forward to reading it. One thing I found missing in your article is a critical eye toward the role of business in science. With a current government administration twisting and suppressing scientific discoveries while simultaneously giving huge perks to pharmaceutical companies, it behooves all of us to pay close attention to who is making the money and how it is being made. We must not only ask who is benefiting from science/business partnerships, but also who is being left brutalized on the side of the "applied science" highway.

There are important questions of ethics and every reason to fear that the pace of our discoveries is outstripping our ability to think calmly about how such information should, and should not, be developed and...

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