Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 25 February 2004
Vol. 2004, Issue 8, p. or3


Is Biomedical Research Too Dangerous to Pursue?

Arthur Caplan

Abstract: Science 303, 1142 (2004)

Biomedical research has come under sustained ethical attack in recent years. Critics argue that the continued advance of biomedicine will inevitably change human nature, lead to the commodification and objectification of human beings, and rob us of meaningful lives. Although presented with great verve, these worries are not persuasive to the author of this Policy Forum. Given the stakes involved (i.e., the lost opportunities for development of cures, palliation, and the prevention of disability), better arguments must be forthcoming in order to justify slowing or stopping biomedical research.

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