This activity introduces students to ethics and bioethics. Bioethics concerns some of the more difficult dilemmas and decisions facing scientists as science advances, particilarly in the field of Cellular Engineering which strives, in part, to make new forms of life capable of solving problems for humankind. Students are given a bioethical case study in which high school students in rural Panama want to use a bacterial biosensor in their community to detect lead contaminants in their water supply. This activity was adapted from the NIH Curriculum Supplement: Exploring Bioethics. To download the entire curriculum, visit NIH.gov.

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