Ethics in Science Questions

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Louise and Darren are undergoing IVF treatment so that they can have a baby. Louise
is concerned that she is a carrier of the genetic heart condition that caused her father
to die at a young age. Should Louise and Darren be able to screen their embryos to
ensure that their baby does not have or carry the condition?
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Ruth and Matthew have a daughter called Emily who has a rare form of cancer which
will require her to have bone marrow treatment and a kidney transplant. Should they
be able to screen their embryos to ensure that if they have another child ait will be a
suitable match to donate to Emily?
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Glaxosmithklein are developing a new drug which they believe will have an
unprecedented effect on previously incurable cancers. They have a number of mice
and rats in the laboratory. Should they be able to test their drug on the animals before
going to human trials?
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Ali is a pharmacist in a developing country. A large number of children in his local
community have Type 1 diabetes requiring insulin. He does not have the funding nor
equipment to produce artificial insulin but can extract it from the pancreases of pigs
which are in plentiful supply. Should he be allowed to do this?
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Luke is 27 and lives in a country where the government holds a compulsory national
DNA database. He is currently applying for life insurance but does not know he has the
genetic marker for Huntington’s disease Should the insurance company be able to
access his record on the DNA database to check for such things?
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Charlotte comes from a country where the government holds a compulsory national
DNA database. Whilst travelling out of the country she is caught up in a natural disaster
which leaves her in a comma and unrecognisable. Should the local police be able to
access Charlottes DNA record in order to identify her and contact her next of kin?
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