Presentation on theme: "Technology in the Environment and Medicine. Greenhouse Effect What is the Greenhouse effect? Greenhouse gasses: Carbon dioxide (55%) Chlorofluorocarbons."— Presentation transcript:
Greenhouse Effect What is the Greenhouse effect? Greenhouse gasses: Carbon dioxide (55%) Chlorofluorocarbons (24%) Methane(~10%)
Causes of the Greenhouse Effect 57% - Energy Use and Production (fosill fuels) 17% - Emissions of CFCs (aerosol cans) 14% - Agricultural practices (cultivation and burning of prairies) 9% - Modification of land (clear cutting) 3% - Other industrial emissions
Medicine and Technology See handout Genetic Engineering How would you feel if you were Terry Connelly? Would you want a family if you knew you had Huntington's Chorea or another genetic disorder? Would you tell your family and friends? Do you think money should be spent on mapping genes? Should Douglas planned on having children? Would you pick the traits of your children in the future if that was available? What if they were suspect of a defective gene? Could this technology be used maliciously?
Medical Technology Product Testing (medical and consumer) Is testing on animals ethical? Are there some animals that should be used and others that should not? How reliable are these tests? What if everyone tested their theories on animals? Is it ethical to raise animals for testing? What are some other options?
Medical Technology Fetal Testing Is it ethical to use the tissue of a fetus for research? If you or your parents had Parkinson's disease, how would you feel about fetal testing? If you or your partner had an abortion, how would you feel about the use of the fetus for testing? Would this effect the decision to abort? What about farming fetus?
Medical Technology RU-486 If RU-486 can cure cancer should it be used? If RU-486 is available to treat cancer it culd be used for abortions, is this ethical? Because RU-486 is non-surgical, is it more ethical than surgical abortion? Is it ethical for the government to only fund non-abortion uses for RU-486? What about other government funding?