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Bioethics Literature Grows As Academic Interest Expands

Sidebar: Ethics Journals The rise in bioethics centers, courses, and degree programs within the last decade has spawned an expansion in the literature devoted to the subject. According to scientists and ethicists, this is exemplified by an upswing in the number of periodicals and, particularly, individual articles in peer-reviewed publications. This new literature genre covers such areas as scientific fraud and integrity; patients' rights; informed consent; genetic screening; and the disseminat

Karen Young Kreeger

Sidebar: Ethics Journals

The rise in bioethics centers, courses, and degree programs within the last decade has spawned an expansion in the literature devoted to the subject. According to scientists and ethicists, this is exemplified by an upswing in the number of periodicals and, particularly, individual articles in peer-reviewed publications. This new literature genre covers such areas as scientific fraud and integrity; patients' rights; informed consent; genetic screening; and the dissemination of scientific, technological, and medical information. Some observers, however, contend that the surge in material represents simply more discussion about age-old issues.


'THE RIGHT OUTLET': The purpose of Science and Engineering Ethics is to encourage practicioners to write ethics articles, notes Western Hemisphere editor Stephanie Bird.
A search conducted on the Science Citation Index, published by the Philadelphia-based Institute for Scientific Information, found that the number of journal articles with the root word 'ethic' in their titles...

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