Skip main navigation

Bioethical Issues and Challenges

Developments in synthetic biology and genetic engineering ask significant ethical questions. Prof Tom Shakespeare highlights relevant issues.
© UEA and Biochemical Society, 2018. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Scientific advances being produced by research into gene editing and synthetic biology (discussed in the previous steps) raises many ethical issues. Scientists must consider these issues seriously, which they do via consultation with many different groups of people.

Some scientists have developed their expertise in research ethics, particularly in relation to medical topics, as seen with Prof Tom Shakespeare (pictured below), formerly from the Norwich Medical School at UEA; more details about his current research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine can be found on his web site. Prof Shakespeare is a frequent contributor to reviews set up by the Nuffield Council for Bioethics.

Tom Shakespeare

© UEA and Biochemical Society, 2018. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
This article is from the free online

Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Our purpose is to transform access to education.

We offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

We believe learning should be an enjoyable, social experience, so our courses offer the opportunity to discuss what you’re learning with others as you go, helping you make fresh discoveries and form new ideas.
You can unlock new opportunities with unlimited access to hundreds of online short courses for a year by subscribing to our Unlimited package. Build your knowledge with top universities and organisations.

Learn more about how FutureLearn is transforming access to education