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612Challenges for Bioethics from Asia


Leavitt: It was very interesting what students said about how to treat pigs. It reminded me of Judaism. In mystic Judaism, kababa, the pig has a holy soul and that’s why we shouldn’t eat pig. Second, your students said that according to Buddhism, when organs are extracted from a brain dead person, they feel pain. Now, I don’t know if they truly feel the pain. But this reminds me of an article on brain death that states that when the organs are cut there is a significant rise in blood pressure, I don’t know if this indicates whether the guy feels pain or not. There is the fact and there is the explanation. But I think it should be something that we should look into.

Lee: Thanks.

Kandel: I am a news reporter and I wonder whether in your experience has any of your students done something related to mass communication.

Lee: Yes, I recorded it on CD, and I gave this to Dr. Macer. If you are interested you are welcome to copy. Any other questions or comments? Ok, it seems that I can satisfy all of you.

Australian Feedback On The Bioethics Education Project With Special Reference To Lifestyle Factors Affecting Fertility And The Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Irina Pollard, Ph.D. .

Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, AUSTRALIA

Email :ipollard@rna.bio.mq.edu.au

The social and ethical consequences arising from the use of modern biotechnology are motivating people of all ages to make decisions on the ethical use of the products of science and technology. Recent innovations in recombinant DNA technology, such as the cloning of mammals, have provided fresh momentum to widen the debate and expand these discussions for the benefit of students at school and university. A major concern of teachers, however, has been the lack of available teaching material and of sufficient scientific knowledge to fairly balance risks and benefits of alternative technologies. The bioethics education project aims to redress these concerns.

The present paper begins with a summary of the Australian feedback so far and continues with the theme of my two draft chapters devoted to fertility and the assisted reproductive technologies. To achieve the goal of a healthy, live child, parents and their kids need to learn as much as possible about the factors that promote or compromise fertility, pregnancy and the reproductive health of the mother and her fetus. The chapters have four specific aims: 1. to fully discuss the divide between fertility and infertility. 2. To outline the influences of lifestyle, environment and social development on personal empowerment and reproductive health. 3. To describe the assisted reproductive technologies. 4. To highlight major bioscience-bioethical

. pp. 612-613 in Macer, DRJ., ed., "Challenges for Bioethics from Asia" (Eubios Ethics Institute, 2004).

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