Team:UCL/Practice/Neuroethics

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Our <a href="http://2013.igem.org/Team:UCL/Project" target="_blank"> project</a> deals with an idea which may seem, on the face of it, frightening to some; the insertion of modified brain cells, <a href="http://2013.igem.org/Team:UCL/Background/Microglia" target="_blank"> microglia</a>, to try and alleviate <a href="http://2013.igem.org/Team:UCL/Background/Alzheimers" target="_blank"> Alzheimer's disease</a>. Although more similar to a macrophage than a neuron, engineering microglial cells represents both a scientific and an ethical challenge, not least because it seems like the stuff of <a href="http://2013.igem.org/Team:UCL/Practice/Creative" target="_blank"> zombie B-movies</a>. In the interests of assessing the feasibility of the project in <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com.libproxy.ucl.ac.uk/science/article/pii/S1364661304002955" target="_blank"> social terms</a>, we are producing this report dealing with the attitudes and <a href=http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/v5/n11/full/nn1102-1123.html" target="_blank">neuroethics</a> of the use of genetic engineering in medicine, as well as expounding a little on some of the scientific concepts behind various approaches.
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In a comprehensive report, team member <a href="http://2013.igem.org/Team:UCL/Team/Profile" target="_blank">Alexander Bates</a> takes a look at the medical ethics, the neuroethics and both the plausible and <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306987708002673" target="_blank"> fanciful</a> neuroscientific applications of synthetic biology: PDF GOES HERE.
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THE NEUROETHICS REPORT

Why Look At Neuroethics?

Our project deals with an idea which may seem, on the face of it, frightening to some; the insertion of modified brain cells, microglia, to try and alleviate Alzheimer's disease. Although more similar to a macrophage than a neuron, engineering microglial cells represents both a scientific and an ethical challenge, not least because it seems like the stuff of zombie B-movies. In the interests of assessing the feasibility of the project in social terms, we are producing this report dealing with the attitudes and neuroethics of the use of genetic engineering in medicine, as well as expounding a little on some of the scientific concepts behind various approaches.

The Essay

In a comprehensive report, team member Alexander Bates takes a look at the medical ethics, the neuroethics and both the plausible and fanciful neuroscientific applications of synthetic biology: PDF GOES HERE.