Why don't we just get rid of all the bioethicists?

post by Sable · 2024-06-08T03:48:47.760Z · LW · GW · No comments

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I've had a few vague answers before, but as I was considering how no one was allowed to do human challenge trials during COVID, I thought I'd ask:

Can anyone come up with an example where a bioethicist actually improved the world?

I'm looking for specific cases, not a general "nazi science was horrible" sort of thing. Is there a record of horrifying things that IRBs have prevented?

If, tomorrow, all bioethicists were fired and IRBs basically disappeared, would that unleash a wave of evil scientists who are barely kept in check now, or would everything be completely fine (even better, possibly)?


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