Debates in Biomedicine


The general public, K–12 teachers and advanced high school students periodically are invited to participate in NCABR’s popular Debates in Biomedicine programs.

The series provides a forum to disseminate knowledge and stimulate discussion about the implications and applications of scientific and technological innovations within societal, ethical, legal and public policy contexts.

Since May 1998, nearly 1,000 North Carolinians have attended a Debates in Biomedicine program. Past debates have addressed:

  • The ethics of human cloning
  • Xenotransplantation (the use of animal organs for human transplant)
  • The use of genetic testing in the criminal justice system and the health insurance industry
  • Genetically modified plants
  • Gene therapy

Debates have been held at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, in Research Triangle Park; the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in Raleigh; and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham.