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Bioethics is the study of the ethical, social, legal, philosophical and other related issues arising in healthcare, the biological sciences and from biotechnology.

Bioethics is important because biotechnology operates in an environment on which past experiences and current norms may be insuffient to guide our moral reasoning. The ever-expanding possible applications of modern biotechnology and the often uncertain consequences make it imperative to discuss the implications and issues arising from the science.

Visit the following links to learn more about bioethics, both in Australia and abroad.


Australian Links

Australasian Bioethics Association

Australian Research Council

Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE)

Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics

National Health and Medical Research Council

National Health and Medical Research Council - Ethical Issues

National Health and Medical Research Council Human Research Ethics

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans

Office of the Gene Technology Regulator


International Links

Bioethics Institute (USA)

Ethical Implications of the Human Genome Project (USA)

Guide to Healthcare Schools (USA)

International Bioethics Committee (UN)

Journal of Medical Ethics (USA)

National Bioethics Advisory Commission (USA)

National Institutes of Health Bioethics Resources (USA)

Penn Centre for Bioethics (USA)

Research Ethics and Stem Cells (USA)

Stem Cell Research Foundation (USA)

The American Journal of Bioethics (USA)

World Health Organization: Ethics (UN)