2018 Bioethics and Law

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Undergraduate major in Life Science and Technology
Hirota Junji  Masuda Shinji  Mihara Hisakazu  Ichinose Hiroshi  Itoh Takehiko  Tagawa Yoh-Ichi  Kato Akira   
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Tue5-6(W933)  Fri5-6(W933)  
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Course description and aims

Rapid progessses in the lifesciences and biotechnology have arised matters related to envioronment, health, and bioethics. This course, Bioethics and Law is the systematic study of the legal and ethical aspects of developments in the life sciences and biotechnology as well as responsibility for proper research conduct as scientists.This course is designed to take prior to start a researh project in each laboratory, and to help students to establish a solid base of safety and risk assesments during the laboratory works.
In the first class, the overall scope of the bioethics and the related laws and regulations is outlined. Following classes are specified to each subjectd as described in the course schedule, including "regulations related to environment, health and safety in laboratory workds", "radio isotope experiments" , "biodiversity, biosafety and living modified organisms in genetic recombinat experiments", "Humane treatment in animal experiments", "regenerative medicine research and bioethics". Finally, in addition to these ethics and law, students will learn about "research integrity and resposibility to conduct proper research".

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Establish a solid base of bioethics and risk assesment in life science research.
2) Understand regulations related to environment, health and safety.
3) Understand the radiation hazard prevention act.
4) Understand basic act on biodiversity and ivasive alien species act.
5) Establish a base of aplication of biosafety principles and biological risk assessment.
6) Understand the Cartagene Protocol and establish a base for safetyin genetic recombination experiments.
7) Understand 3Rs principles in animal experiments.
8) Understand a basis of rengenerative medicine and bioethics.
9) Understant what is a responsible research activity.


Bioethics, Industrial safety and health, Environmental Problem, Radiation Hazard, Biodiversity, Biosafety Level, Biological risk, Living modifeid organisms, Animal experiments, Regenerative medicine, Epidemiologic study, Research integrity.

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class starts from a brief overview of each subject of matter, and then moves to main contents. Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of Bioethics and the related Laws and Regulations.Radiation Hazard Prevention Act. Understand aims of this couse. Student will be introduced to bioethics and the related laws and regulations in life science research.
Class 2 Handling Laboratory Waste & Environmental Issues Students will learn how to handle laboratory wastes after introduction of environmental problems.
Class 3 Regulations related to Environment, Health and Safety I. Understand regulations related to environment, health and safety, especially in handling chemicals.
Class 4 Regulations related to Environment, Health and Safety II. Understand regulations related to environment, health and safety. Students will be introduced to the industrial safety and health act.
Class 5 Biosafety Level & Laboratory Biosafety Manual. Understand biosafety level and laboratory biosafety manual. The lecture establishes a solid base of aplication of biosafety principles and biological risk assessment.
Class 6 The Cartagena Protocol on biosafety. Understand the definition of living modified organisms and the international regulations.
Class 7 Introduction of genetic recombination experiments. Students will be introduced to genetic recombination experiments. The lecture will establishes a solid base for safety in genetic recombination experiments
Class 8 Renetic recombination experiments. Understand recent genetic recombination experiments
Class 9 The Convention on Biological Diversity and Invasive Alien Species Act Understand the convention on biological diversity and invasive alien species act.
Class 10 Introduction of Epidemiologic Study Understand regulations of epidemiologic study.
Class 11 Law of Humane Treatment and Management of Animals & 3Rs principles. Students will be introduced to humane treatment and management of animals.In addition, students understand 3Rs principles in animal experiments.
Class 12 The Nagoya Protocol onr Biological Diversity. Understand the Nagoya protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization to the convention on biological diversity.
Class 13 Regenerative Medicine and Bioethis. Students will learn a basis of rengenerative medicine and bioethics.
Class 14 Research Integrity and Responsibility for Proper Research Conduct. Understant what is a responsible research activity. Students will be introduced essential points on how scientists should conduct their reseach and communicate results to society.


No textbook is set.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

For the Sound Development of Science - The Attitude of a Conscientious Scientist / Japan Scoiety for the Promotion of Science.
All materials used in the class will be found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on the exams and/or reports at the end of each class.

Related courses

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Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Recommended to take this course prior to start the graduation thesis project.

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The course registration may be limited to the students belonging to School of Life Science and Technology.

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