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  • IBE Bioethics Essay Contest for Students

    The Institute of Biological Engineering
    Announces the

    for students

    Submit a 1000 to 1200 word, original essay on one of the two topics
    below by December 15, 2005, to be a part of the contest. Contest win-
    ners will be announced at the 2006 annual meeting of the Institute of
    Biological Engineering on March 10-12 in Tucson, Arizona. Cash
    awards are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for
    third place. The first place winner will receive complimentary
    meeting registration and will present the essay at the meeting.

    Entries should be submitted in Word or PDF format to the following
    email address: Undergraduate and graduate stu-
    dents may apply. Please include essay title, your full name, your
    program of study and the degree that you are seeking, your complete
    mailing address, and your email address. IBE reserves the right to
    disqualify any entry over 1200 words. All topic questions are the
    property of IBE, and the winning entries will also become property
    of IBE. IBE is not responsible for any possible difficulties in sub-
    mission. Only winners will be notified of results.

    Topic 1: Create a two part essay to refute and defend this position
    stated by a graduate student in biotechnology in reference to bio-
    ethics: "My advisor and I are working on genetic engineering of
    food crops with the goal of increasing world food production of rice,
    wheat, and other grain crops. While at a conference in Europe this
    year, my advisor was interrupted during a presentation and pied in
    the face by an apparent protestor. People who are not scientists
    and do not understand the technology have no right to criticize me
    or my advisor. We are scientists who are pursuing a worthwhile goal
    and we should not be criticized for trying to advance this

    Topic 2: Jump into the future to a period where biotechnology and
    bioengineering have advanced to the stage where we have artificial
    eye implants with vision capabilities better than the human eye, arti-
    ficial limbs that are interfaced seamlessly into the nervous system,
    cosmetic implants that make everyone look like a super model, and
    artificial hearts that can easily be implanted with no rejection or
    failure worries. Discuss whether there is a threshold we cross in
    replacing body tissues and parts where we lose the essential aspects
    of being human. Does our desire to exceed the normal functioning
    level of our body drive us inappropriately to pursue more and more
    exotic technology?

    Register for the 2006 IBE annual meeting at:
    Registration for the meeting begins October 3rd

    The Institute of Biological Engineering
    3650 Annapolis Lane, Suite 107
    Minneapolis, MN 55447
    (763) 765-2300 Telephone, (763) 765-2329 Facsimile