EduSTEM Bioethics: Introduction

About EduSTEM Bioethics

Ayush Noori


Welcome to EduSTEM Bioethics! This course is part of the EduSTEM Biology sequence, which has been designed for motivated middle school and high school biology students.

It is critical that any student exploring healthcare consider the ethical implications of their decisions. Advances in biology research grant scientists potent tools to alter the natural world around them – gene drive and the fear of eugenics are among the plethora of examples that span from science-fiction to real contemporary challenges. Additionally, healthcare providers routinely grapple with challenging ethical dilemmas while providing patient care. Bioethics has recently captured international attention upon the announcement by the Chinese scientist He Jiankui of the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to create the world’s first genetically edited babies, twin girls who were born in November 2018. Clearly, the scientific community has far from reached an ethical consensus - further dialogue and debate is critical. Through selected readings and case studies, this EduSTEM Bioethics course aims to familiarize students with these discussions in preparation for a career in biology.

With these courses, we hope to further our mission to make high-quality STEMX education accessible for all. For questions or support, please feel free to reach out to me at anooristudent@outlook.com.

Best Regards,

Ayush Noori

EduSTEM Boston Chapter Founder


Resources:

  1. NCBI PubMed

The premier source of past and present medical literature. Most supplemental information in Extensions is available via PubMed. When searching PubMed, be sure to use the “Free full text,” and “Sort by: Best Match” filters to find relevant and accessible results.

  1. RCSB Protein Data Bank (PDB)

A large database of useful 3D structures of large biological molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids. Use the search bar to find a molecule of interest, which can then be examined using the Web-based 3D viewer.


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