Bio-ethics and Bio-safety (BI3823)

Pre-requisite(s)

Molecular Genetics (BI-2423)

Introduction to Biotechnology (BI-3813)

Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution (BI-3623)

Recommended Book(s)

Bioethics And Biosafety,M. K. Sateesh,I. K. International Pvt Ltd, 25-Aug-2008

Reference Book(s)

Health And Safety Executive (2000) Guide To The Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations. HSE Books

Course Objectives

This course discusses the principles and procedures of Biosafety and its importance as scientist.various disciplines, standards, levels and applications of the Biosafety concepts will also be discussed. In second stage the ethical controversies that arise in biology and medicine. The course will also emphasize on how the process by which modern research is done creates pressures that can lead to scientific frauds. Ethical questions that have been generated by the modern biotechnologies will be discussed as well.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLO)

  1. CLO: 1. Introduction to Biosaftey
  2. CLO: 2. Biohazards and Biosafety levels
  3. CLO: 3. Ecological and Ethical issues related to GMOs
  4. CLO: 4. Ethical issues with Biomedical research
  5. CLO: 5. Research Ethics and publications  

Course Contents

  • Biosafety
  • Epidemiology and spread of pathogens
  • Biosafety levels
  • Biohazards
  • Medical waste disposal
  • Blood /water borne diseases
  • Food handling
  • Research lab waste disposal
  • International standards for Biosafety
  • Ecology and Biosafety (industrial waste disposal)
  • Agricultural practices and Biosafety (phyto toxins)
  • Chemical Biohazards
  • Bioethics
  • Introduction to Bioethics
  • Morality
  • Ethical committees
  • Informed consents
  • Research misconducts and patenting
  • Conflict of interest
  • Environmental ethics
  • GMOs and synthetic organisms
  • Breaking bad news
  • Advance care planning
  • Stem cells and cloning
  • Modern reproduction technologies
  • Truth telling and withholding information