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Bioethics concerns the relationships between biology, medicine, cybernetics, politics, law, ethics, philosophy, and theology. Disagreement exists about the proper scope for the application of ethical evaluation to questions involving biology. Some bioethicists would narrow ethical evaluation only to the morality of medical treatments or technological innovations, and the timing of medical treatment of humans. Other bioethicists would broaden the scope of ethical evaluation to include the morality of all actions that might help or harm organisms capable of feeling fear and pain. Bioethics involve many public policy questions that may be politicized-used to mobilize political constituencies-in much the same way that reproductive rights have been exploited by the religious right.

Bioethics issues include:

Bioethicists focus on using philosophy to help analyze said concerns.

Religious bioethicists have developed rules and guidelines on how to deal with these issues from within the viewpoint of their respective faiths.

Some secular bioethicists are critical to the fact that these are usually religious scholars without a degree in biology or medicine related fields.

Most religious bioethicists are Jewish or Christian scholars. However a small number of religious scholars from other religions have recently become involved in this field as well. Islamic clerics have begun to write on this topic. Muslim bioethicists include Abdulaziz Sachedina, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. There has been some criticism by liberal Muslims that only the more religiously conservative voices in Islam are being heard on this issue. Buddhist bioethicists have focused much of their concern on organ transplantation.

See also: Medicine, Ethics

Table of contents
1 External links
2 Stem Cell Research Controversy
3 References (general)
4 Muslim bioethics
5 Jewish Bioethics
6 Christian bioethics

External links

Stem Cell Research Controversy

References (general)

Muslim bioethics

Jewish Bioethics

Christian bioethics

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