Incidental findings in biomedical research

June 16, 2015

Investigations such as genome sequencing and brain imaging have the potential to reveal details about the patient of research subject which were not the principal reason for the study. The ethical issues associated with such “incidental findings” is the subject of this short film, made by students at the University of Leicester.

The video was rated the third best produced by students in the 2014-15 cohort.

People interested in knowing more about the topic might also like to read:
Green et al. (2013) ACMG recommendations for reporting of incidental findings in clinical exome and genome sequencing Genetics in Medicine 15:565-574

Vernooji et al. (2007) Incidental Findings on Brain MRI in the General Population New England Journal of Medicine 357:1821-1828

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A new service from BioethicsBytes

June 6, 2008

Over the last few months the BioethicsBytes team have been working on a new tool to help teachers of secondary school biology for 14 to 18 year olds in England and Wales.

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With ethics becoming an increasing part of the science curriculum at both GCSE and A level, we’ve carried out an audit of the bioethical content in all of the new specifications in order to be able to recommend BioethicsBytes and other resources relating to each topic. We hope you find this useful.

Click this link to visit the Bioethics in the UK Curriculum page.