Virtual Genetics Education Centre

General resources

Science and the ethics of stem cells

In March 2009 Dr Chris Willmott was interviewed by SuperSonic FM, a Leicester school radio station, as part of their National Science Week activities. This is a recording of the interview (27.5 minutes).

Resource: SuperSonic FM
Approach: Audio

Protect consumers from gene tests

A BBC news article where Dr Ainsley Newson, senior lecturer in biomedical ethics at the University of Bristol is interviewed and gives his opinions on the inherent dangers of being given your DNA sequence on a memory stick.

Resource: BBC News
Approach: Topic material

USPharmD+ Top 50 Genetics Blogs

A list of links to genetics-related blogs world-wide. Topics covered include issues such as health, biotechnology, evolution and many more.

Resource: Top 50 Genetics Blogs
Approach: Topic material


An online collection of multimedia resources to help with the teaching of bioethics, arranged by topic category.

Resource: BioethicsBytes
Approach: Topic material, videos, miscellaneous

Topical Information and Resources

This is brought to you by The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity exists to help individuals and organizations address the pressing bioethical challenges of today, including managed care, end-of-life treatment, genetic intervention, euthanasia and suicide, and reproductive technologies. is a global information source on bioethics news and issues.

Resource: Topical Information and Resources
Approach: Topic material

Medical Ethics Resource Guide

This guide provides links to information about issues in medical ethics including patient confidentiality, informed consent, cultural/religious considerations, conflicts of interest, and issues in medical research. The guide also contains book recommendations for further reading.

Resource: Medical Ethics Resource Guide
Approach: Topic material

BioethicsBytes: Forensic uses of DNA

This 5 minute video looks at a fictional murder in Leicester and reflects on some of the ethical arguments for and against the use of DNA evidence in such cases. It includes an interview with Prof Sir Alec Jeffreys, inventor of the original method for DNA fingerprinting.

Resource: Forensic uses of DNA
Approach: Video

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