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Advice and Resources for the Biotech Industry

Advice and Resources for the Biotech Industry

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The Judgment of Solomon by Nicolas Poussin (1649)

Biomedical Ethics: Moral Dilemmas with Lives in the Balance

A couple of years ago I had coffee with a young woman with a strong interest in bioethics. She was looking at potential future career paths, with a possible focus on biotechnology. I shared with her my observation that I had never heard of a biotech company actually employing a dedicated bioethicist. The lack of these positions in the industry, however, doesn’t negate the fact that a wide variety of ideological dilemmas are currently front-and-center in the halls of biomedicine. These complex issues call out for the wisdom of King Solomon to help point us in the right direction. Here are just some of the challenges we currently face: