MIT: Responsible biological engineering
This page will serve to aggregate information about promoting responsible biological engineering at MIT, and provide a forum to dicuss ideas and make new suggestions.
The BioBricks Foundation - one of stated goals: "Promotion of safety and ethical guidlines with respect to the development and use of engineered biological systems."
MIT currently offers a number of courses relating to Bioethics:
- 24.06J BioEthics (new)
- HST.502 The Responsible Conduct of Research
- SP.622J Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good?
(not a complete list, please add)
"Responsible biological engineering" course requirement
A requirement for an ethics course (at undergraduate level, possibly at grad level too) has been suggested at the previous two BE graduate program retreats. I believe the rebuff to this request was that HASS requirements are set at the institute level. Have to look into this a little more, although BE is able to define two HASS CI-M subjects (Communication Intensive in the Major). These are intended to "teach the specific forms of written, oral, and/or visual communication appropriate to the field's professional and academic culture." Not sure how much leeway the department has with those. Should probably pursue this at both the department and institute levels.