teaching ethics to undergraduate
Dr. Tara Hurst
Nottingham Trent University
Case 1: Use of animals in
Module: Antibody and DNA Technology
Format: part of lecture on antibody
Ethical considerations: what is
wrong with using ascites?
Injection of hybridomas into
mouse peritoneum along
with adjuvants: ascites fluid.
What is ascites fluid?
Of mice and men: ascites fluid in
sign of liver
disease, other gastrointestinal
Also found in malnourished
Use of animals: ethical treatment, aims to prevent
ascites methods reduces number of animals
used and reduces suffering since the initial immunisation
should have only minimal side
effects (as in humans)
Module: Genetics and Immunology
Format: question posed in advance on a hand
out given in a practical and discussed in the
When is the genetic testing of
children not appropriate?
Answers to question 6
There is no single correct answer.
This represents an ethical dilemma.
Testing a child for a disease that only presents late in life could limit their
It also precludes the child deciding for themselves: the right to know or
know is taken away
The recommendations of the British Society for Human
Testing should be done if it will affect the treatment of the child and
better management of their condition (e.g. PKU)
If the disease presents later in life or if the condition is associated with
Testing should be approached with caution
Should preferentially be delayed until the child is old enough to
decide for themselves.