Theme Topic: Bioethics
Bio 5 Fall 2012
The following exercise is worth 15 pts. It must be typed and turned in by the due date
(see syllabus). Below is a list of websites with a video for you to watch. Take notes as
you watch this material. You can pause, rewind, and start again to answer the questions.
Your answers should be typed in the space below each source. You may use more space
then is provided on this handout by saving the document and reformatting it. Reformat
the document after you have downloaded and saved it according to your own needs.
Your answers must be in your own worlds. Do not plagiarize your sources or each other.
Do not cut and paste directly from other sources. Do not plagiarize other students.
Answers which are copied from the source, identical or very similar to other students work
(i.e. reworded a little) will receive a zero. (I know that the source says it better, but I
still want you to say it in your own words.)
Go to the following website and view the video on youtube. If you have trouble with the
link, click on the link in the links section of my webpage.
View this lecture by Laurie Zoloff, Professor of Medical Ethics and the Humanities at
Northwestern University, titled “May we Make the World? Bioethics, stem cells, and the
new biology.” Promises and perils of modern biology:
As you listen to Dr. Zoloff, answer the following questions.
1) Take Dr. Zoloff's Test: Write down each of the questions she asks and give your own
answers. Try to justify your initial answers before you continue in the lecture.
2) What are the ethical challenges in world-building (by witch she means, changing human
lives with the new technological tools science is giving us?)
3) She quotes an article from Dr. Cass regarding his fears about biotechnology. What are
the six good objections he poses to us.
4)How does she rebut each of these arguments?
5) According to Zoloff, how is science coping with the current fears of biotech research.
6) In the Question and Answer portion, Dr. Zoloff goes back to her original quiz and gives
the answers. How did you do? Were you surprised?
7) What four bioethical questions were proposed by the AAAS (American Association for
the Advancement of Science) that should be asked about knowledge?