Toward a better bioethics: Commentary on "Orbidding science: Some beginning reflections"

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It has been argued that bioethicists too often tend to represent the interests of scientists and not of the broader polity. Indeed, bioethicists seem predisposed to discard the voices and viewpoints of all but the cognoscenti. Focusing particularly on human pluripotent stem cell research, this commentary explores a variety of characterizations of bioethics and bioethicists in relation to forbidding science. Rather than proselytizing or prohibiting, bioethicists should work in partnership with scientists and publics to craft scientifically well-informed and morally sophisticated debates about forbidding science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalScience and engineering ethics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2009


  • Controversy
  • Deliberation
  • Expertise
  • Human pluripotent stem cell research
  • Moral architecture
  • President's Council on Bioethics
  • Public engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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