Timeline of bioethics

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<1960s Discussions of moral issues in medicine already happen in ancient times, with early contributions by Hippocrates and Plato.[1]
1960s Bioethics as a distinct field of academic study is born in the United States, merging from a cluster of scientific and cultural developments in the country during that decade.[2]
1970s – 1980s Many bioethics programs and degrees are established at universities in the United States in order to provide students−most notably medical, law, and public policy students−with some expertise in medical ethics to deal with complex cases.[3] Feminist bioethics develops from the early 1970s on and is initially focused on medical ethics; proponents later extend the areas of interest to issues in the fields of animal and environmental ethics.[3]
1990s In the last decade of the 20th century, the contributions of social scientists to bioethical research become particularly important. Work of this type involves surveys of public attitudes to advances in the life sciences, including xenotransplantation and genetic modification.[1]

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Year Event type Details Location
380 BC Field development The Republic of Plato advocates selective human breeding in anticipation of later programs of eugenics.[1]
1259 – 1265 Literature Italian philosopher Thomas Aquinas writes his Summa contra Gentiles, which briefly discusses the permissibility of abortion.[1] Italy
1775 – 1780 Field development German philosopher Immanuel Kant in his lectures on ethics argues against the sale of human body parts.[1]
1927 Literature German theologian Fritz Jahr publishes article using the German term “Bio-Ethik” (which translates as “Bio-Ethics”) and argues, both for the establishment of a new academic discipline, and for the practice of a new, more civilized, ethical approach to issues concerning human beings and the environment. Jahr would publish similar articles discussing bioethics in 1928, and 1934.[3] Germany
1947 The Nuremberg Code for research on human subjects is adopted.[3]
1954 Literature Joseph F. Fletcher publishes Morals and Medicine: The Moral Problems of the Patient’s Right to Know the Truth, Contraception, Artificial Insemination, Sterilization, and Euthanasia.[4][3]
1964 The Declaration of Helsinki is created in order to provide researchers and physicians with ethical guidelines.[3] Finland
1966 Organization The Schlesinger Institute for Medical-Halachic Research is founded.[5][6] Israel
1966 The first medical ethics committees in Europe emerge in the United Kingdom and Sweden.[7] United Kingdom, Sweden
1966 American anesthesiologist Henry K. Beecher publishes an article in The New England Journal of Medicine exposing 22 unethical studies in biomedicine, including the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and the Willowbrook hepatitis study.[8] United States
1970 Literature Paul Ramsey publishes The Patient as Person: Explorations in Medical Ethics.[9][3]
1970 The Institute of Society, Ethics and the Life Sciences (later Hastings Center) is founded. A freestanding bioethics center, it is the first institution devoted to the study of bioethical questions.[2][10] United States
1970 Literature Van Rensselaer Potter publishes his article Bioethics, the Science of Survival, which suggests viewing bioethics as a global movement in order to foster concern for the environment and ethics.[3][10]
1971 Literature American biochemist Van Rensselaer Potter publishes book Bioethics: Bridge to the Future.[10] United States
1971 Organization The Joseph and Rose Kennedy Center for the Study of Human Reproduction and Bioethics (now known as Kennedy Center) opens at Georgetown University. With similar goals to those of The Hastings Center, the Kennedy Institute is however placed inside the traditional academy.[2][10] United States
1973 Dan Callahan writes essay Bioethics as a Discipline, whose title is the first entry of the word "bioethics" in the catalogue of the National Library of Congress.[10] In the article, Callahan argues for the establishment of a new academic discipline.[3] United States
1975 Literature The Journal of Medical Ethics is launched.[11][12]
1975 Peter Singer claims that human beings must consider the equal interests of human beings and animals alike.[3]
1975 "Scientists gather at Asilomar, CA to discuss the benefits and risks of recombinant DNA research; the NIH forms the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee."[8] United States
1978 "Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby, is born."[8]
1979 Organization The Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences officially establishes its own private central ethical committee.[7] Switzerland
1979 "The National Commission releases The Belmont Report, principles of ethical research on human subjects. The Report becomes a key document in human research ethics regulations in the U.S." [8] United States
1980 "In Diamond v. Chakrabarty the U.S. S. Ct. rules that a genetically modified bacterium can be patented because it is the product of human ingenuity. This sets a precedent for patents on other life forms and helps to establish solid intellectual property protection for the new biotechnology industry."[8] United States
1981 Organization Japan establishes its first ethics committee, at the Medical Institute of Tokyo University.[7] Japan
1985 Literature Zhi-zheng Du's Outline of Medical Ethics is published in China as the first systematic textbook of medical ethics after the cultural revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.[13] China
1986 Literature Biology and Philosophy is launched.[14]
1987 Organization The European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care is founded by an international company of philosophers, physicians, ethicists and other interested professionals in the field.[15]
1987 Literature Ren-zong Qiu's Bioethics is published as the first bioethics book in China.[13] China
1988 Literature Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics is established.[16]
1988 "Harvard and Dow Chemical patent a genetically engineered mouse used to study cancer."[8] United States
1988 Literature Zhao-xiong He's History of Chinese Medical Morality is published, providing material on medical ethics from ancient to current China.[13] China
1989 "The NAS publishes On Being A Scientist (revised in 1994), which is a free, short book on research ethics for scientists in training."[8]
1991 Organization London-based Nuffield Council on Bioethics is established by the Nuffield Foundation to adress numerous bioethical issues in need of analysis.[17][18][19] United Kingdom
1992 Literature Quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics is launched.[20]
1992 "NAS publishes Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process. The book estimates the incidence of misconduct, discusses some of the causes of misconduct, proposes a definition of misconduct, and recommends some strategies for preventing misconduct."[8]
1993 "Fertility researchers successfully clone human embryos."[8]
1993 Organization The International Bioethics Committee is established by UNESCO to provide guidance on ethical and legal issues raised by research in medicine, biological sciences and associated technologies, and to reinforce knowledge in ethics.[21][22]
1993 Journal The Indian Journal of Medical Ethics is launched.[23] India
1994 "The Clinton Administration declassifies information about secret human radiation experiments conducted from the 1940s-1980s and issues an apology."[8] United States
1995 "Over 200 religious leaders, led by biotechnology critic Jeremy Rifkin, protest the patenting of plants, animals, and human body parts in Washington, DC."[8] United States
1996 "Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, is born; her birth is announced in 1997. Several European nations ban human cloning. Congress considers a bill to ban all human cloning but changes its mind after scientists argue that the bill would undermine biomedical research."[8] United Kingdom
1998 Literature Journal Medicine Health Care and Philosophy is launched by the European Society For Philosophy Of Medicine And Healthcare.[15]
1998 Scientific development "Scientists perfect methods for growing human embryonic stem cells. Some countries ban the research; others promote it."[8]
1998 "Craig Venter forms Celera Genomics and begins a private effort to sequence the human genome, using dozens of automated sequencing machines"[8]
1999 Literature AMA Journal of Ethics is launched.[24] United States
1999 Literature The American Journal of Bioethics is launched.[25] United Sattes
1999 Policy The National Institutes of Health and the Office for Human Research Protections require all people conducting or overseeing human subjects research have some training in research ethics.[8] United States
2001 Literature Peer-reviewed journal The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly is launched.[26] United States
2001 The United States Congress starts debating legislation on human cloning.[8] United States
2001 Policy Several journals start requiring authors to describe their responsibilities when publishing research.[8]
2001 "The Bush Administration announces that the NIH will fund research on approximately 64 embryonic stem cell lines created from leftover human embryos."[8] United States
2001 Organization The International Society for Stem Cell Research is established to promote the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to stem cells.[27][28]
2001 Organization The President's Council on Bioethics is created by United States President George W. Bush to advice the President on bioethical issues that may emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedical science and technology.[29] United States
2002 "The President's Council on Bioethics recommends that the U.S. ban reproductive cloning and enact a moratorium on research cloning."[8] United States
2003 The United States invades Iraq with the stated purpose of eliminating its chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons programs. So far, evidence of weapons programs but no actual weapons would be found.[8] Iraq
2004 Literature Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is released by the University of Otago Bioethics Centre.[30] New Zeland
2004 Literature Medical ethicist James Hughes publishes Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future, which argues that technologies pushing the boundaries of humanness can radically improve our quality of life if they are controlled democratically.[31]
2006 Literature Quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal BioSocieties is released.[32]
2008 Literature The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics is launched to encourage more work in feminist bioethics.[33][34]
2008 The Catholic Church publishes a document entitled Dignitas Personae, about a range of bioethical issues related to the areas of assisted reproduction and human genetics. The paper analizes and comments the bioethical thinking of the Catholic Church.[35]
2009 Organization Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is established by United States President Barack Obama to advise the president and the administration on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology.[36] United States
2009 Policy The Obama Administration announces it will significantly expand National Institutes of Health funding of human embryonic stem cell research which was restricted under the Bush Administration.[8] United States
2011 Literature Triannual academic journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics is first issued.[37]
2014 "Various funding agencies and journals, including the NIH, Science, and Nature, take steps to promote reproducibility in science in response to reports that many published studies in the biomedical, behavioral, and physical sciences are not reproducible."[8]
2015 Literature American bioethicist Alice Dreger publishes Galileo's Middle Finger, which discusses the ethics of medical research.[38] United States
2016 "The NIH places a temporary moratorium on funding for experiments involving human-animal chimeras while it revises existing rules that govern this research." United States

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