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Developing Case Studies for Bioethics

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Slides from a workshop on taking recent news stories and developing them into case studies for teaching about ethical aspects of developments in biology and medicine. We used an audit tool derived from the standard set of questions used on the excellent NHS Choices "Behind the Headlines" site.

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Developing Case Studies for Bioethics

  1. 1. Developing Case Studies for Bioethics HUBS Spring Meeting 2017 Dr Chris Willmott Dept of Molecular and Cell Biology University of Leicester cjrw2@le.ac.uk Prof John Bryant Professor Emeritus Biosciences University of Exeter J.A.Bryant@exeter.ac.uk
  2. 2. • Real v Fictional? Real: News clips, News websites Fictional: Can “tidy up” &/or seed specific points Work best when based on real cases • Formats? - longer scenarios? - open ended v structured v standard tool? Case studies http://tinyurl.com/n5tvz6f
  3. 3. - Where did the story come from? - What kind of research was this? - What did the research involve? - What were the basic results? - How did the researchers interpret the results? - Conclusion Conducting Ethical Audit http://www.nhs.uk/news
  4. 4. - Where did the story come from? - What is the underlying science in the story? - What are the potential ethical implications of this development? - What ethical arguments could be made for or against this development? - How does this relate to our existing undergraduate programme? - How could this relate to our undergraduate programme? Conducting Ethical Audit
  5. 5. News stories http://tinyurl.com/HUBSbee17 http://tinyurl.com/HUBSbrain17 http://tinyurl.com/HUBSkidney17 http://tinyurl.com/HUBSwomb17 http://tinyurl.com/HUBShead17
  6. 6. - Where did the story come from? - What is the underlying science in the story? - What are the potential ethical implications of this development? - What ethical arguments could be made for or against this development? - How does this relate to our existing undergraduate programme? - How could this relate to our undergraduate programme? Conducting Ethical Audit http://tinyurl.com/HUBSbee17 http://tinyurl.com/HUBSbrain17 http://tinyurl.com/HUBSkidney17 http://tinyurl.com/HUBSwomb17 http://tinyurl.com/HUBShead17
  7. 7. - Where did the story come from? - What is the underlying science in the story? - What are the potential ethical implications of this development? - What ethical arguments could be made for or against this development? - How does this relate to our existing undergraduate programme? - How could this relate to our undergraduate programme? Artificial womb http://tinyurl.com/HUBSwomb17
  8. 8. - Where did the story come from? - What is the underlying science in the story? - What are the potential ethical implications of this development? - What ethical arguments could be made for or against this development? - How does this relate to our existing undergraduate programme? - How could this relate to our undergraduate programme? Bumblebee http://tinyurl.com/HUBSbee17
  9. 9. - Where did the story come from? - What is the underlying science in the story? - What are the potential ethical implications of this development? - What ethical arguments could be made for or against this development? - How does this relate to our existing undergraduate programme? - How could this relate to our undergraduate programme? Head transplant http://tinyurl.com/HUBShead17
  10. 10. - Where did the story come from? - What is the underlying science in the story? - What are the potential ethical implications of this development? - What ethical arguments could be made for or against this development? - How does this relate to our existing undergraduate programme? - How could this relate to our undergraduate programme? Mind hacking http://tinyurl.com/HUBSbrain17
  11. 11. - Where did the story come from? - What is the underlying science in the story? - What are the potential ethical implications of this development? - What ethical arguments could be made for or against this development? - How does this relate to our existing undergraduate programme? - How could this relate to our undergraduate programme? Crowd-sourced kidney http://tinyurl.com/HUBSkidney17
  12. 12. Any Questions? E-mail: cjrw2@le.ac.uk Twitter: cjrw Slideshare: cjrw2 Delicious: chriswillmott Blogs: www.bioethicsbytes.wordpress.com www.biologyonthebox.wordpress.com www.biosciencecareers.wordpress.com www.lefthandedbiochemist.wordpress.com

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