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Biotechnology-related norms

Six insane laws we'll need in the future (Mark M, nov 2009) - He ponits the need for law changes in: Clone Patent Laws, Legally Redefining “Slavery”, Rewriting the Sex Laws, Legally Redefining “Parents”, Genetic Discrimination Laws, Mandatory Life Span Limits



Compendium of texts of the Council of Europe on bioethical matters (CDBI/INF (2008) 7)

Statement for Extropy Institute Vital Progress Summit By Ray Kurzweil Responds to the Presidential Bioethics Council report, "Beyond Therapy".

Are We Becoming An Endangered Species? Technology and Ethics in the 21st Century Leading experts to explore the ethics of technological advances, especially as they relate to genetic engineering, nanotechnology and robotics. The panelists are Bill Joy, author, and co-founder and chief scientist of Sun Microsystems, Ray Kurzweil, author, inventor and president of Kurzweil Technologies, Anne Foerst, visiting professor for Theology and Computer Science at St. Bonaventure University and Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist and visiting scholar at Middlebury College. Here Ray Kurzweil Q&A.

Riding the wave: Rethinking science & technology policy (Oct 15, 2009)

Information technology

Information Technology Ethics: Cultural Perspectives (Rachel Bridgewater, 2007)


Is Nanotechnology Regulatable? Reporting from the Nano Summit (Randall Mayers)

Nanotechnology Dangers and Defenses By Ray Kurzweil To avoid dangers such as unrestrained nanobot replication, we need relinquishment at the right level and to place our highest priority on the continuing advance of defensive technologies, staying ahead of destructive technologies. An overall strategy should include a streamlined regulatory process, a global program of monitoring for unknown or evolving biological pathogens, temporary moratoriums, raising public awareness, international cooperation, software reconnaissance, and fostering values of liberty, tolerance, and respect for knowledge and diversity.

Testimony of Ray Kurzweil on the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology Despite calls to relinquish research in nanotechnology, we will have no choice but to confront the challenge of guiding nanotechnology in a constructive direction. Advances in nanotechnology and related advanced technologies are inevitable. Any broad attempt to relinquish nanotechnology will only push it underground, which would interfere with the benefits while actually making the dangers worse.

Congressional hearing addresses public concerns about nanotech By Amara D. Angelica Concerns about the possible negative consequences of nanotech may stifle vital nanotech research that could otherwise result in medical and other important breakthroughs. Expert witnesses at a congressional hearing recommended wider public debate, greater resources to develop defensive technology, and funding of societal, ethical, and environmental impact studies along with technology forecasting and basic science studies.

Review of Nanoethics (Jason Robert, Arizona State University) - Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Dimensions of Nanotechnology, is an anthology of essays on the political, ethical, and societal dimensions of nanoscale science and engineering. The collection explores a wide range of perspectives on the history of nanotechnology, risk issues, policy and public engagement issues, and the challenges of deliberating about and governing new and emerging technologies. Though uneven in quality and sparsely referenced, the collection nonetheless provides a fair and useful introduction to many of the key topics in the field of nanoethics.

Where Does the Nano Go? End-of-Life Regulation of Nanotechnologies (Linda K. Breggin, John Pendergrass, July 2007 )

Grupo Europeo de Ética de la Ciencia y de las Nuevas Tecnologías (GEE) - European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)

The task of the EGE shall be to advise the EU Commission on ethical questions relating to sciences and new technologies, either at the request of the Commission or on its own initiative.

European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (GEE)

Renovación del mandato del Grupo Europeo de Ética de la Ciencia y de las Nuevas Tecnologías (UE Decisión 23 dic 2019 - 2010/1/UE) - Renovación del mandato del Grupo Europeo de Ética de la Ciencia y de las Nuevas Tecnologías (UE Decisión 11 may 2005) - Prolongación de su mandato (UE Decisión 14 oct 2009)

Nombramiento de los miembros del Grupo Europeo de Ética de la Ciencia y de las Nuevas Tecnologías para su tercer mandato (UE Decisión 19 oct 2005)

EGE Opinions

Ethical issues in EU research proposals - checklist

Neuroethics and Cognitive enhancement

Buddhism and neuroethics: the ethics of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement (Fenton A, PublMed, Aug 2008)

Human enhancement

Human enhancement and the technopolitics of 21 st Century (James J. Hughes, in Managing nano-bio-info-cogno innovations: converging technologies in society, a book that provides a review of technical developments related to the unification that is rapidly taking place today among nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science (NBIC).It assesses potential for revolutionary applications of these developments and their likely impact in improving the human condition and offers a wide variety of scholarly views on the likely societal impacts and policy implications of these developments and applications, including assessments of educational, economic, commercial, legal, ethical, political, and social implications)

Ethical Issues in Human Enhancement (Nick Bostrom y Rebecca Roache, 2007)

Aging and Life extension

21st Century Humanism (Colin Farrelli, nov 2009) - In this article, he advocates aging research and the aspiration to decelerate human aging from the foundational moral premises of humanism.

Life extension, human rights, and the rational refinement of repugnance (J de Grey, feb 2005)


Fearing the wrong monsters (MIke Treder, oct 2009)

Study shows increased education on nanotech, human enhancement increases public concerns (, NCS University, Jul 2008)


TechnoProgressive Biopolitics and Human Enhancement (James Hughes, 2009) - argues that technoprogressive biopolitics express the consistent application of the core progressive values of the Enlightenment: the right of individuals to control their own bodies, brains and reproduction according to their own conscience, under democratic states that work for the public good.

Progress in Bioethics. Science, Policy, and Politics (edited by Jonathan D. Moreno and Sam Berger, 2009) - Full book here


Limits to the Biolibertarian Impulse (George Dvorsky, oct 2009)

New Atheism

Voicing our disbelief - (Russell Blackford, Jan 2010) - He stands up for the new atheism. In recent years, we have witnessed a flood of books, aimed at the popular market, issuing robust challenges to theistic religious belief. A rather puzzling expression, “the New Atheism”, has been applied to this body of work, particularly the contributions of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. They, in turn, are sometimes referred to, apparently with affection, as “The Four Horsemen”.


Biotechnologies' norms in Spain and the European Union - Spanish Public Health & Health care norms

US Government regulations on Biotechnology

US related laws and resources on Biotech

Legal Technology Resource Center (American Bar Association)


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Legal Theory Blog

Health Law Prof Blog

Eucrim - The European Criminal Law Associations' Forum

The Centre for Technology, Ethics and Law in Society (London)

AEDS Asociación Española de Derecho Sanitario

Medical % Public Health Law site - Biotechnology Case Law and Regulation (Louisiana State university)

Biomedicina y Derecho Administrativo


COMEST - The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology

CSEP Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions - CSEP Codes of Ethics Online (Illinois Institute of Technology)

Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future (Illinois Institute of Technology)

IEET Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies

JET - Journal of Evolution & Technology

Philpapers - Online research in philosophy

Markkula Center for Applied Ethics - Its Annotated list of Internet resources

Applied ethics directory for science and technology

National Catholic Bioethics Center

Science, technology, ethics (Consejo Mundial de Iglesias)

Ethics and Information Technology - Social and ethical dimensions of emerging information technology

3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (3TU.Ethics) (Netherlands)

DRZE - German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (Germany)

Doug Johnson - Resources for teaching information technology ethics to children and young adults

FECYT - Fundación Española para la ciencia y la tecnología

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