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New issues in ethics of science and technology have been studied by examining the literature. Special attention has been given to ethical issues that are particularly relevant for developing countries. Ethical assessments have been made of existing technologies; also the need to develop inexpensive, creative and effective technologies addressing the relevant needs of developing countries has been analysed. Finally new and emerging technologies are examined in order to determine the potential for international action (e.g. nano-technology, genetically modified organism). Publications have appeared in the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care and The Hastings Center Report.

  nano.JPG     Nanotechnologies, Ethics and Politics
Kyunghee Choi, Erin Court, Abdallah Daar, Édith Deleury, Diane Duquet, Bert Gordijn, Donald Evans, Henk A.M.J. ten Have, Michèle Jean, Jixing Liu, Fabio Salamanca-Buentello, Joachim Schummer, Peter A. Singer, Margareth Spangler Andrade
A 200-page book to discuss and analyse the current situation regarding nanotechnology ethics.  More...



      All COMEST Publications



      Ethical Perspectives on Health Technology Assessment
ten Have, Henk


      Ethics in Asia-Pacific
Bergstrom, Philip (ed.)
Collection of four papers commissioned by RUSHSAP to lay the groundwork for discussion of issues in ethics of science and technology.  More...


      Horror Regulationum
ten Have, Henk
A view of the President's Council on Bioethics' report on the regulation of reproductive technologies.  More...


      Nanotechnologies and ethics expert group
Report of the second and final meeting.  More...


      Nanotechnology and ethics expert group
Report of the first meeting. UNESCO Paris, 5-6 July 2005  More...


      Outline of a Policy Advice on Nanotechnologies and Ethics

Working document drafted by the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology and resulting from the second meeting of the group of experts on the ethics of Nanotechnologies, UNESCO HQ, 6-7 December 2005  More...


      Overview of Activities on Nanotechnology and Ethics
Through the EST Research Programme, UNESCO has been carrying out anticipatory studies regarding ethical and social impacts of nanotechnology and its applications.  More...


      The Ethics and Politics of Nanotechnology
Brochure describing the science of nanotechnology and presenting some of the ethical, legal and political issues that face the international community in the near future.  More...


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