WRITING THE BIOETHICS PAPER
Points: 0 – 50 points plus 10 points for List of References.
The paper is due in Dropbox (Bioethics Papers Basket) by 3 a.m., Sunday, 5/1. Turn in a hard copy at the beginning of class time, Wednessday, 5/4.
Research the subject extensively and comprehensively using any online or print source. You must present arguments for both sides of the issue.
Length of paper: approximately 3 pages excluding References, double-spaced, typed. BE CONCISE.
The topics will be assigned in an Excel file Bioethics Assignment in DocSharing. You will have three topics to choose from which you will only write one. Find your student ID number (last 4-digit) and the topic # – no substitution.
Do not cut & paste from other sources. Avoid using direct quotes. If you must quote a statement, use quotation marks and reference the source (Papers with greater than *5%* similarity in the originality report generated by Turnitin will result in points deducted). Plagiarizing papers or statements will result in a “0” for the work.
Format of the paper:
Description of the issue: background and introduction. Cite the source of data or facts that you used.
Points (Pros). Cite the source by using a number as listed in References.
Counterpoints (Cons) Cite the source by using a number as listed in References.
Conclusion: You may stay neutral or take a side in drawing the conclusion based on the strength of the pro and con arguments that you presented. If your opinion is based on religion, you should present a balanced argument based on the view of all major religions.
References: List the source you cited according to the order in your text (MLA, APA or Pubmed format). Note: A list of references to be used in writing your paper is due in eCompanion Dropbox by 3 a.m., 4/4.
TOPICS FOR BIOETHICS PAPER: Note: Laws/policies may have changed since publication of these prompts. Please research your topic and update the information as appropriate.
1. NFL players Dave Duerson and Junior Seau committed suicide by a gunshot on the chest so their brain could be studied for trauma due to years of sustaining concussions that was ignored by the NFL. Seau’s family released detailed and well-controlled studies done by neurologists at the National Institutes of Health. They unambiguously showed that his brain was similar to “autopsies of people with exposure to repetitive head trauma injuries.” The annual economic impact of the NFL is in the multi-billion dollars and football is the major sport in schools at all levels. If you are the NFL commissioner, what would you do to balance the competitiveness of the sport and health and welfare of the players?
3A US Senator Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill HR 212, the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which states that “human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.” Similar legislation, known as “personhood” bills, has been introduced and passed in several states. Politics aside, what are the ethical, social, medical implications of this movement? Argue BOTH sides of the issue.
3B There are approximately 600,000 leftover frozen embryos in fertility clinics throughout the country. Most of these embryos probably will never see the day of light. Should Congress pass laws prohibiting destruction of these embryos because many of our representatives believe that life begins at conception?
4A The Supreme Court took up a deceptively simple question in a case brought by breast cancer patients and medical researchers: Are human genes patentable? Give your reasons as to why AND why not human genes are patentable.
4B Along the same line, Supreme Court just ruled that farmers who buy seeds that are patented may not replicate them without the patent owner’s permission, In this case, the patent owner of the genetically modified seed that resists weed killers is the giant agribusiness company Monsanto which made the notorious “suicide seeds.” The point of contention is “the doctrine of patent exhaustion.” Research this case and defend both sides of the arguments.
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*Point deducted for papers turned in after the deadline and with higher than 5% similarity as determined by Turnitin.