THE MORAL IMPERATIVE FOR BIOETHICS 4
TheMoral Imperative for Bioethics
TheMoral Imperative for Bioethics
Advancementin biotechnology is one of the crucial elements that determine thewell-being of the humanity. Despite the recent concerns about ethicalissues surrounding biomedical research, biotechnology remains a keypillar for the survival of humanity and overall sustainability ofgains from scientific research (Johnstone, 2011). Whenever thesociety experiences critical challenges that threaten its well-being,biomedical research steps in and resolves problems facing the humanrace. It is this course that biomedical experts will remain relevantin the society (Sass, 2007). In this case, the importance ofresearch, especially on issues touching on human health will remain.Despite criticism from different quarters may tend to undermine thevery benefits human race has reaped from biotechnology, the fact isthat the world needs an implementation of biomedical research for itswelfare (Pinker, 2015). In other words, human life and advancement inbiotechnology are two integral elements.
Inlight of the Pinker`s article, it is clear that inter-relationshipand interdependence exist between human life and biotechnologyadvancement. Biotechnology exists and advances in response toemerging needs of the society. At the same time, advancement ofbiomedical is a result of human innovation (Jordan, 2014). In otherwords, the two elements interact and support each other. For example,it is through biomedical research the world got the vaccine formalaria and other diseases. The disease that was once the primarykiller of human beings across the world was countered throughbiomedical research (Singh, et al. 2012). For the research to havemeaningful benefits, there must be involvement of human effort. Inthis case, biotechnology is the product of human innovation, which isused as a tool to solve impending challenges threatening livelihood(Fox, 1990). In this regard, biotechnology is part of the humanadvancement which contributes to societal welfare.
Atthis point, it is absolutely clear that humanity reaps tremendousbenefits from biotechnology in contrast to unsubstantiated rumorsconcerning the safety of advancement. Safety is, of course, the majorethical consideration in biomedical research (Moreno, 1995). However,emphasis on safety matters without sufficient scientificallyresearched evidence sounds illogical and unreliable. From thehistorical perspective, biomedical research and advancement have hadvarious hindrances on the basis of human safety. However, the sameadvancement turned out to be the key solution to pertinent problemsin the society (Johnstone, 2011 and Pinker, 2015). Sometimesbiotechnology has faced legal battles on the ground of its ethicalconsideration. Later people accept it after causing unnecessary delayin implementation. It is through such impediments biomedicallybecomes popularly acceptable after realizing the value of scientificresearch and innovation (Zylinska, 2009).
Inconclusion, it is prudent to strengthen the power behindbiotechnology by supporting research that is aimed at improvinglivelihood. Many lives have been lost in the early stages due to lackof alternative way of supporting life. Dozens of people becomeincapacitated by diseases that had no cure, hence affecting thequality of life among potential individuals. Through biotechnology,treatment of millions of health conditions becomes accessible andcheaper (Pinker, 2015). Underage children in Africa and othercontinents no longer die of polio and other ailments that would causepremature deaths in the absence of biomedical research andadvancement. Section of the civil society across the world maycriticize biotechnology on the ground of moral and ethicalconsideration, but the fact remains that the elements have incrediblegains since its inception. Most of these claims against biomedicaladvancement are based on politics and unfounded reasons that do notmeet the simplest requirement of logic.
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