Ethics of Biomedical and Information Technologies

Ethics of Biomedical and Information Technologies

Maria Teresa Russo (Institute of Philosophy of Scientific & Technological Activity, Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch542
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The main ethical issues raised by the development of biomedical technology can be summarized in the following points, relating to the main areas of application of biomedical technologies.

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Human Enhancement: Any attempt to temporarily or permanently overcome the current limitations of the human body through natural or artificial means.

Ethics: Analysis of voluntary human action for determining what types of activity are good and right.

Genetic Information: Coded data concerning biological heredity, phylogeny, and sexual reproduction.

Applied Ethics: Concerns what is “good” or “right” in a specific field, as business, biomedicine, information.

Dignity: Innate right to be valued and receive ethical treatment.

Privacy: Protection of personal data.

Responsibility: Property of moral agency for which the subject or the community are able to respond of the effects of their activity.

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