what is ethics?
principles that define behavior as right, good, and proper
how a moral person should behave
how are values related to ethics?
values are related to ethics only when they pertain to beliefs about what is right and wrong
what are the three models for ethical decision making?
1. virtue model
2. duty model
3. consequentialist model
what makes up the virtue model?
the "golden rule"
concerns for others
treating others better than they treat you
what is the difficulty with the virtue model?
how do we decide whose concern is more important?
ex: right to life vs. abortion
what makes up duty model?
ethical decisions made based on established rules that may address rights and character
no exceptions, no excuses
what is the difficult with the duty model?
not possible to have a rule for EVERY single situation that can arise that requires an ethical decision
what makes up the consequentialist model?
principle of utility: decisions are made based on the outcome
the need for many outweighs the need for a few
what is the difficulty with consequentialist model?
we can not always predict the outcome of our decisions
what was the nuremburg doctors trial of 1946?
nazi regime exploited human beings--> forcing them to participate in research without consent
resulted in the nuremberg code
what is the nuremberg code say?
informed consent is essential
research should be based on prior animal work
the risks should be justified by the anticipated benefits
only qualified scientists must conduct research
physical and mental suffering must be avoided
research in which death or disabling injury is expected should not be conducted
what were the thalidomide studies?
thalidomide was never approved by the FDA but doctors received samples and started giving them to the patients. this results in teratogenic fetuses for pregnant women taking the medication at that time
what resulted from the thalidomide studies?
Food, drug, and cosmetic act of 1962
this was the first statute that required subjects to be informed of a drug's experimental nature and to provide consent before beginning a research study
what was the tuskegee study?
study done to examine effects of untreated syphilis in African- American males; penicillin was withheld from them
what did the tuskegee study lead to?
led to the national research act of 1974 (requiring regulatory protection for human subjects) and also led to the creation of the National Commission for the protection of human subjects of biomedical and behavioral research
what did the national commission for the protection of human subjects of biomedical and behavioral research write?
belmont report of 1979
what were the three basic ethical principles of the belmont report?
1. respect for persons
what were the five basic principles of informed consent?
duty or obligation to perform only those acts that you would be willing for anyone else to perform on you under similar circumstances
two expectations of animal research
1. research findings will be meaningful and substantial
2. suffering of animals will be minimal
why is therapeutic cloning done?
to enhance our understanding of human development and serious medical conditions
what are transgenic plants/animals?
engineered plants/animals that contain novel genes from other species--> resulting in new characteristics that make them more desirable and useful to humans