PLS 200-05

Biomedical issues cont’d

Death = cessation of life

  • euthanasia: willful termination of life
  • who decides?
  • two types: active – administration of a procedure to cause death / passive – deny treatment
  • Bio-technology

  • Bio = study of life & living things, Technology = use or creation of technical means
  • 1950’s: DNA discovered – “fabric of life”
  • 1960’s: shift from academic environments to market development (production)
  • 1970’s: rapid development of commercial products
  • 1980’s: global commercial development (competitors Europe & Japan)
  • 1990’s: global competition for economic markets & new tech development (competitors China, E. Europe)
  • 2000’s: globalization quickens
  • Health Care

  • artificial insulin
  • human growth hormone
  • Agriculture

  • propagation of plants
  • development of livestock
  • Environmental

  • waste treatment
  • Energy production

  • alternatives to petrochemical products
  • National security

  • biometric identifiers
  • non-lethal technologies
  • NBC detectors
  • Human Genome Project: sequenced the human genetic code
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