UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

The Organisation

Special Issue


Giving Science a Conscience
 © Drawing by Christian Roux

Cloning, using genetic data, pre-implantation diagnosis, research on embryonic stem cells... All these scientific advances are a double-edged sword: promising for patients and problematic from an ethical point of view. In order to guide states in considering the issues, UNESCO has for many years played the role of ethical watchdog. After texts on the human genome (1997) and on human genetic data (2003), the Organization has just adopted the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. More
Plant Pirates in Costa Rica
Several years ago Costa Rica began taking action to fight bio-piracy and to put to better use the richness of its flora, which is highly prized by the pharmaceutical industry.
The Cells of Discord
While they hold out the hope of curing some serious diseases, embryonic stem cells raise the question of the moral status of the embryo.
Born to Cure a Brother or Sister
Brought into the world to save a member of their family, the “lifesaving babies” raise a number of ethical issues
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