Reflections on the interface of bioethics, public policy and science.

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This paper discusses the role of ethical considerations in the formulation of public policies aimed at shaping the scientific agenda. Specifically, new and controversial public policy issues will confront us in the twenty-first century as the result of developments on the frontiers of biomedical science. Some of the anxieties in the ethical arena generated by the rapid pace of these developments are likely to result in efforts to place constraints on the shape of the scientific agenda and the application of new knowledge. Our moral propositions, therefore, will be tested and re-tested in their application to evolving social, cultural, and historical circumstances and the ever-changing technological context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-224
Number of pages16
JournalKennedy Institute of Ethics journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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