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Translational research—the need of a new bioethics approach

Translational research—the need of a new bioethics approach

Title: Translational research—the need of a new bioethics approach
Author: Hostiuc, Sorin
Moldoveanu, Alin   orcid.org/0000-0002-1368-7249
Dascălu, Maria-Iuliana
Unnthorsson, Runar
Jóhannesson, Ómar I.   orcid.org/0000-0002-5594-4055
Marcus, Ioan
Date: 2016-01-15
Language: English
Scope: 16
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
Heilbrigðisvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Health Sciences (UI)
Department: Iðnaðarverkfræði-, vélaverkfræði- og tölvunarfræðideild (HÍ)
Faculty of Industrial Eng., Mechanical Eng. and Computer Science (UI)
Sálfræðideild (HÍ)
Faculty of Psychology (UI)
Series: Journal of Translational Medicine;14(1)
ISSN: 1479-5876
DOI: 10.1186/s12967-016-0773-4
Subject: Translational bioethics; Phase analysis; Data transfer; Lífsiðfræði; Gagnaflutningar; Heilbrigðisvísindi
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/705

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Hostiuc, S., Moldoveanu, A., Dascălu, M.-I., Unnthorsson, R., Jóhannesson, Ó. I., & Marcus, I. (2016). Translational research—the need of a new bioethics approach. Journal of Translational Medicine, 14(1), 16. doi:10.1186/s12967-016-0773-4


Translational research tries to apply findings from basic science to enhance human health and well-being. Many phases of the translational research may include non-medical tasks (information technology, engineering, nanotechnology, biochemistry, animal research, economy, sociology, psychology, politics, and so on). Using common bioethics principles to these areas might sometimes be not feasible, or even impossible. However, the whole process must respect some fundamental, moral principles. The purpose of this paper is to argument the need for a different approach to the morality in translational bioethics, and to suggest some directions that might be followed when constructing such a bioethics. We will show that a new approach is needed and present a few ethical issues that are specific to the translational research.


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