In the last couple decades, we could see the combination of technology and biology taking large steps in science. As new fields, bioinformatics and biotechnology also led to important discussions between excited scientists and social thinkers. The divergent opinions argue about the amazing possibilities of human advances and the social issues that follow the progress. This paper discusses ethical matters of new developments and compares policy choices with respect to research and use of biotechnology and bioinformatics in different countries. Even though the world is increasingly globalized, the comparisons suggest that different cultures have different ethical responses and public policies are a reflection of divergent social economic scenarios. Yet in any modern society, the new biotechnological advances seem to change how we experience the life.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Biotechnology--Moral and ethical aspects; Bioinformatics--Research--Moral and ethical aspects

Publication Date


Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Bioinformatics (MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (COS)


Gary R. Skuse

Advisor/Committee Member

Robert H. Rothman

Advisor/Committee Member

Sabrina M. Weiss


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TP248.23 .S28 2016


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