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Controversial Issues
 in Science

Produced by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research

Debates In BioMedicine
America's biomedical research community has experienced unparalleled success in translating innovative research findings  into medical practice - possibilities unforeseen even a few years earlier. Yet, the revolutionary nature of certain advances has stirred concerns about their complex ethical, societal and legal implications.  Debates in BioMedicine series provides an open forum where researchers, ethicists, legislators, teachers, attorneys, theologians and the public can air their views, and by doing so, gain clarity about the spectrum of issues requiring appropriate healthcare, social and public policy attention. "The Ethics of Human Cloning" and again in 1999 with "A Case Study in Xenotransplantation," provoked a fascinating mix of issues, questions and comments, which are highlighted in this booklet.

"Controversies in Science: A Symposium for Journalists" (PDF)
Medical science touches all areas of journalism — from coverage of legislators battling over.  Sscientific research funding, judges and juries setting science policy and precedents in the courts, athletes and celebrities stricken with debilitating illnesses, to the business of science, the economic impact of medical R&D, and the implications of medical research for the environment and our understanding of nutrition.

"The Science of Vaccines: Leading the Way in Disease Prevention and Biodefense"(.doc)
Summary of “The Science of Vaccines: Leading the Way in Disease Prevention and Biodefense,” held May 8, 2003, at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. This program for journalists was sponsored by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) and Research!America. Biogen, Inc. and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center provided additional support.

"The Science of Obesity: Prevention and Treatment"
Summary of “The Science of Obesity: Prevention and Treatment,” held April 28, 2004, at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. This program for journalists was presented by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) and Research!America, with additional support from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

"Therapeutic vs. Reproductive Cloning: Scientific Realities, Public Controversy"(.doc)
Highlights from “Therapeutic vs. Reproductive Cloning: Scientific Realities, Public Controversy” on March 26, 2002, at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. This program for journalists was sponsored by the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) and Research!America. The North Carolina Biotechnology Center provided additional support.

"Tinkering with Nature: Food and Medicine in the Genomic Age" (PDF)
Originally presented on May 30, 2002
Part I: Putting GMOs in Perspective
Part II: Gene Therapy: The Science and the Ethics

 

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