Ethical Impacts of Human Health-Related Biotechnology in Brazil

  • Marilia Bernardes Marques


The expression “modern biotechnology” alludes to a very diffuse and expansive arena of diverse interest groups that has been rising internationally in the last three decades. In fact, since the 1970s, modern biotechnology has been surrounded by remarkable controversies and public concern, with numerous debates polarised between economic arguments and ethical dilemmas. This situation was stimulated by the sharp flow of genetic engineering methods, which has increased the potential of biotechnology to modify and interfere with life.1 It was also during the 70s and the 80s that the word bioethics became progressively popular, contemporaneously to this outburst of genetic engineering techniques.


Intellectual Property Human Genome Project Modern Biotechnology Bioethical Issue Ethical Impact 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marilia Bernardes Marques
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  1. 1.Center for Scientific and Technological InformationOswaldo Cruz FoundationRio de JaneiroBrasil

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