Bioethics videos: Class of 2011

For the past few years, Second year Medical Biochemistry students at the University of Leicester (and Medics taking the relevant module as a special studies course) have been asked to produce short videos on a bioethical topic. It seemed a shame not to make their excellent videos more widely available, so we’ve started to post some to YouTube. Topics covered this time around included: organ trading, egg donation, brain imaging and public health initiatives.

The team looking at the ethics of organ trading based their video around a woman seeking a privately-organised transplant for her daughter. This issue is highly topical at the moment, with the recent publication of Scott Carney’s book The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers.


The students discussing the ethics of egg donation introduced a variety of different contexts in which couples might seek to receive a donated egg.



A third team considered a scenario in which a doctor undertaking a brain scan had failed to identify a problem.


This year’s medical students looked at the ethical issues associated with public health initiatives, specifically the tension between personal autonomy and actions for the greater good. They made effective use of finger puppets.



The best of last year’s films – on the forensic use of DNA – is already available, and a further example of this year’s other films – on genetic enhancement – has been posted by one of the students.

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