Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics

Living Edition
| Editors: Henk ten Have


  • Philip BreyEmail author
  • Saskia Nagel
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05544-2_43-1


In this entry, the field of bioengineering will be discussed, including the large field of biomedical engineering and the nonmedical fields of biosystems and bioprocess engineering and biomimetics. The focus is on ethical issues in bioengineering. Associated ethical issues include clinical-related issues concerning manipulation of the human genome, the development of prosthetic organs and limbs, engineering of the human brain and nervous system, and human enhancement. In the nonmedical fields, there are ethical issues concerning agriculture, food production, environmental risks, and dual use.


Biomedical engineering Tissue engineering Prostheses Imaging Neurotechnology Agriculture Food Biofuels 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands