Molecular geneticists and moral responsibility: “Maybe if we were working on the atom bomb I would have a different argument”

Science and Engineering Ethics 5 (4):515-530 (1999)
Abstract
Senior molecular geneticists were interviewed about their perceptions of the ethical and social implications of genetic knowledge. Inductive analysis of these interviews identified a number of strategies through which the scientists negotiated their moral responsibilities as they participated in generating knowledge that presents difficult ethical questions. These strategies included: further analysis and application of scientific method; clarification of multiple roles; negotiation with the public through public debate, institutional processes of funding, ethics committees and legislation; and personal responsibility.
Keywords genetics  ethics  moral responsibility  molecular science
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