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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Commentary

Commentary

Regenerative Medicine and Science Literacy

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(p.31) 1.3 Commentary
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The Future of Bioethics
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Eisuke Nakazawa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0003

Lysaght and Campbell appropriately point out that, while bioethicists have concentrated too much on philosophical issues surrounding human embryos, problems such as stem-cell tourism and unproven treatments should also draw attention. In addition, there remains the ethical issue surrounding the fact that people have too many expectations on regenerative medical technologies. To solve this problem, bioethicists are intimately involved in science communication. Ethicists require management skills, which enable them to mediate between two parties: specialists and laypeople. Such management skills also include coordination capabilities to close the gap between the two groups with different background knowledge and culture. Thus, bioethicists simultaneously play the role of a mediator and science communicator. Yet, interactive communication between specialists and laypeople is not easily accomplished, and biotechnology literacy, including regenerative medicine literacy, remains a pressing issue.

Keywords:   Science communication, biotechnology literacy, iPS-cell research, regenerative medicine

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