Bioethics takes root in Nigeria

By Steve Goldstein

When he lectures on research ethics, Nigerian scientist and oncologist Dr. Clement Adebamowo begins by quoting German-born philosopher Hans Jonas, who said the loss of moral values due to a ruthless pursuit of scientific progress “would make its most dazzling triumphs not worth having.”

Examining the bioethics landscape in Nigeria today, it’s difficult to imagine how recently it was a barren plain. Adebamowo recalled a “perfect storm” of events that spurred him to develop the Fogarty-supported bioethics training program located at the University of Ibadan.

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