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Biomedical Engineering Ethics: The Four Types Of Human Enhancements

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Many of the sources read include many issues regarding the safety and ethics of testing these new biomedical technologies. One of the tests conducted in Limits on Risks for Healthy Volunteers in Biomedical Research was about finding the vector for Yellow Fever. The volunteers knew about the risks. Many people believe however there should be more restrictions regarding risky testing like the Yellow Fever test. Human enhancement is a major concern ethically. According to Human Enhancements civilians should not be allowed to choose to have enchancements. Only people in need should be allowed to have these enhancements. There are many variations paternalism; soft paternalism, is the most supported out of the four types. Soft paternalism puts restrictions on people who are disabled or lack the information to make a good decision.…show more content…
However people who are disabled or are in need of the technology are more willing to have risks in order to develop the technology. This brings up another issue with the ethics behind technology that modifies people. In the article Biomedical Engineering Ethics it states about neuron changes in brains or artificial brains. With biomedical enhancements "Can humans still be held morally responsible for their behavior when their brain has been engineered by others to function a certain way?" This goes back to ethics and whether or not human enhancement is good or bad. Enhancements can come in many different forms. Most common enhancements are artificial limbs and organs, but the change in genes can lead to bigger solutions or problems. The technology already exists and is being tested, cells are being modified, cells are being
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