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The Gen-Ethics Bowl – An In-Class Activity Combining Genetics and Bioethics

    Authors: Janet A. De Souza-Hart1,*, Dien Ho1
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    Affiliations: 1: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS University), Boston, MA 02115
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    • Published 15 December 2014
    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: MCPHS University, 179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115. Phone: 617-735-1028. Fax: 617-732-2959. E-mail: janet.hart@mcphs.edu.
    • ©2014 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2014 vol. 15 no. 2 238-239. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i2.762
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    Abstract:

    Undergraduate science professors are capable of teaching the scientific principles behind new genetic technologies. However, they are not often readied to explore the ethical and social implications. We created an ethics bowl that brings together students in genetic and healthcare ethics courses to analyze ethical issues in genetics. It is an engaging, challenging, and rewarding experience that provides students with the tools to identify ethical elements in science. This proves to be a wonderful first step in training morally sensitive scientists.

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Abstract:

Undergraduate science professors are capable of teaching the scientific principles behind new genetic technologies. However, they are not often readied to explore the ethical and social implications. We created an ethics bowl that brings together students in genetic and healthcare ethics courses to analyze ethical issues in genetics. It is an engaging, challenging, and rewarding experience that provides students with the tools to identify ethical elements in science. This proves to be a wonderful first step in training morally sensitive scientists.

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