The course is intended to bring attention to the many ethical dilemmas one could face in a
career in science, including how the information gained in the research lab is conveyed to
the wider scientific audience and how society at large benefits from the knowledge. Topics
included are the peer review process, the patent process, the Recombinant DNA Advisory
Committee, the FDA’s role in drug approval and clinical trial assessments, the funding of
research in the private and public sector and the national research prioritization process. Each
topic will be discussed using current key articles as an illustration of each concept.