In Canada, health institutions are not obliged by the law to grant the family of the deceased the right to veto the donor’s consent to organ donation (qtd. in Zafar). Yet, many health authorities choose to respect the bereaved relatives’ wishes of preserving the deceased’s body in spite of the latter’s clear consent. It is essential that medical professionals use virtue ethics in order to do the surgical removal of organs and balance the deceased’ interests, the family’s concerns and the patients’ needs.
On the one hand, the medical professional can change and save... [+] Read more
Since about twenty years ago, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are a part of our everyday world. With the goal of producing seed variants that are more resistant to pesticides as well as being capable of warding off insects, scientists were able to create a “superior” amalgam of organisms by merging the DNA of various species and make large-scale farming a more efficient method. Today, the world produces more food than it actually needs. However, this relatively new science presents many unknowns, and scientists and the public alike are not all yet ready to accept its safety. In... [+] Read more
Animal Use in Biomedical Research: Killing In the Name of Science
The use of animal test subjects has played a crucial role in the development of modern biomedical science and pharmaceutics. Animals such as mice, dogs, fish etc. are used as models instead of humans in order to better understand our complex physiology as well as the body’s basic processes, such as digestion, respiration, movement etc. Today, the use of animals in scientific or cosmetic testing is issue of an ethical debate. On one hand, research scientists argue that it is an essential part of scientific research, while on... [+] Read more