Bioethics sites & docs

Updated: September 21, 2017

The following is a partial list of sources for issues in bioethics, bio-technology, genetics, stem cells, and reproduction:

~~~Bioethics blogs, centers, & commissions~~~

Blogs (see also embedded links):

Centers & commissions:

~~~Commercial sites~~~

~~~Ethics & philosophy~~~

~~~Government sites (sci & med, stem cells, ART)~~~

~~~Organizations, institutes and archives~~~


  • Archive of former bioethics commissions reports (w/some of those reports pulled out, below)
  • AAAS, Stem Cell Research and Applications (1999)
  • Belmont Report (1979)
  • Commission on Parenthood’s Future, The Revolution in Parenthood (2006)
  • Institute for American Values. My Daddy’s Name Is Donor (2010)
  • Institute of Medicine, Publications. [Note, the list of previous reports was compiled in 2012 and each report used to be linked; alas, all of the links are dead. I leave this up to illustrate the breadth of reports issued by the IOM; there are by now likely over a thousand reports available, including more recent ones on regenerative medicine, stem cells, and genetics.]
    • Sex-Specific Reporting of Scientific Research (2012)
    • Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research (2011)
    • The Science and Applications of Synthetic and Systems Biology (2011)
    • Integrating Large-Scale Genomic Information into Clinical Practice (2011)
    • Generating Evidence for Genomic Diagnostic Test Development (2011)
    • Women’s Health Research (2010)
    • Challenges and Opportunities in Using Residual Newborn Screening Samples for Translational Research (2010)
    • The Value of Genetic and Genomic Technologies (2010)
    • Systems for Research and Evaluation for Translating Genome-Based Discoveries for Health (2009)
    • Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data (2009)
    • Innovation in Service Delivery in the Age of Genomics (2009)
    • Military Medical Ethics (2008)
    • Cancer-Related Genetic Testing and Counseling (2007)
    • The Future of Disability on America (2007)
    • Medical Risks of Oocyte Donation for Stem Cell Research: Workshop Summary (2007)
    • Genes, Behavior, and the Social Environment (2006)
    • Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention (2006)
    • Ethical Considerations for Research Involving Prisoners (2006)
    • Organ Donation (2006)
    • Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2005)
    • Cord Blood (2005)
    • Implications of Genomics for Public Health (2005)
    • Ethical Conduct of Clinical Research Involving Children (2004)
    • New Frontiers in Contraceptive Research (2004)
    • The Role of Environmental Hazards in Preterm Birth (2003)
    • Reducing Birth Defects (2003)
    • Large-Scale Biomedical Science (2003)
    • Organ Procurement and Transplantation (2003)
    • Responsible Research (2002)
    • Integrity in Scientific Research (2002)
    • Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine (2001)
  • National Academies of Science,  Final Report of the National Academies’ Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee and 2010 Amendments to the National Academies’ Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2010) [click on “Free download-pdf”]
  • National Academics of Science, all reports & publications
  • National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, Research on the Fetus (1975)
  • National Council on Disability, Rocking the cradle: Ensuring the rights of parents with disability and their children (2012)
  • National Institutes of Health (Dept  of Health and Human Services)
  • Report of the Human Embryo Research Panel, Vol. I and Vol. II (1994)
  • President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Splicing Life (1982)
  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Life-Giving Love in an Age of Technology, (2009)
  • US Congress. CRS Report for Congress. Irene Stith-Coleman. Human Embryo Research (1998)
  • Warnock Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology (UK; 1984)


A not-complete-list of Journals about reproduction, genetics, & bioethics (accessible online through the library system; bold=bioethics, philosophy, & policy journals):

  • American Journal of Bioethics
  • American Journal of Epidemiology
  • American Journal of Human Genetics
  • American Journal of Law and Medicine
  • American Journal of Medical Genetics
  • American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Bioethics
  • British Journal of Family Planning
  • British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • British Medical Journal
  • Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
  • Canadian Medical Association Journal
  • Cell (see also Cell: Stem Cell)
  • Clinical Investigative Medicine
  • Contraception
  • Current Biology
  • Ethics
  • Fertility and Sterility
  • Gene Therapy
  • Genetics in Medicine
  • Genomics
  • Hastings Center Report
  • Health Affairs
  • Health and Human Rights
  • Health Care Analysis
  • Human Gene Therapy
  • Human Heredity
  • Human Reproduction
  • Issues in Law and Medicine
  • Issues in Science and Technology
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Journal of Clinical Ethics
  • Journal of Heredity and Philosophy
  • Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
  • Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics
  • Journal of Legal Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Journal of Medical Humanities
  • Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
  • Journal of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Medicine
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
  • Lancet
  • Law, Medicine, and Health Care
  • Maternal and Child Health Journal
  • Medicine and Law
  • Molecular Therapy
  • Nature (cf. also Nature Genetics & Nature Biotechnology)
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
  • Politics and the Life Sciences
  • Proceedings of the National Academies of Science
  • Reproductive Medicine and Biology
  • Science
  • Scientific American
  • Social Science and Medicine
  • Stem Cells
  • Theoretical Medicine

Also check out PubMed, a joint effort by the US National Library of Medicine and the NIH to make research freely available to the general public.


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