Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics 2019-05-23T13:19:38+00:00 Professor Shamima Parvin Lasker Open Journal Systems <p>Official Journal of the Bangladesh Bioethics Society. Full text articles available.</p><p>Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics is included on <a title="DOAJ" href="" target="_blank">DOAJ</a>.</p> Bioethical considerations for algal biotechnology 2019-05-23T13:19:38+00:00 Ivanina Vasileva Juliana Ivanova Svetoslav Alexandrov <p>In this manuscript we discuss different aspects and applications of algal biotechnology and how they are seen through the prism of bioethics. We review how algae have been considered to solve problems on Earth and to ease human suffering. We also take a look at the current state of the production of algal biomass and we offer our suggestions and considerations based on the fact that the biomass is an expensive product and yet its quality is very good.</p> 2019-04-25T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## On the Interests of Non-human Animals in Traditional Yorùbá Culture: A Critique of Ọ̀rúnmìlà 2019-05-23T13:19:34+00:00 Emmanuel Ofuasia <p>Traditional <em>Yorùbá</em> culture admits the hegemonic locus that humans rank above all else on the planet. The outlook received decisive ratification several millennia ago in one of the <em>Odù</em>s of their <em>Ifá </em>Corpus. Specifically, in <em>Odù</em> <em>Ògúndá Otura,</em> one of the numerous chapters of the <em>Ifá </em>Corpus,<em> Ọ̀rúnmìlà, </em>the founder and primordial deity of <em>Ifá</em> discloses his authorization, the use of non-human animals for sacrifice and other human ends interminably. In this study, we engage the <em>Ifá </em>chapter that upholds this outlook. We riposte that the age long supercilious perspective among the <em>Yorùbá </em>that humans rank higher and over non-human animals, as documented in the said <em>Odù</em> is no longer tenable on biological and moral-legal grounds. If the biological and moral-legal thrusts are not invalid, what framework is plausible when the interest(s) of non-human animals clash with the interest(s) of <em>Ifá </em>tradition and <em>Yorùbá </em>culture? On what basis will it be appropriate to jettison the interest(s) of the one for the interest(s) of the other? In the light of these posers, we employ Kai Horsthemke’s ethical individualism as the suitable groundwork that considers the interest of animals recommended for sacrifice in <em>Ifá </em>obeisance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2019-04-25T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Public Health Research Ethics and Clinical Research Ethics. How we differentiate? 2019-05-23T13:19:36+00:00 Zoheb Rafique <p>This article talks about both clinical research ethics and public health research ethics. Clinical research ethics are defined as set of relevant ethics considered necessary for the conduct of clinical trials in field of the clinical research. While public health research ethics is mainly aimed at finding out what is best for the communities and the populations rather than the individuals. Research ethics is mainly focused on the protection of individual participants and some of the research norms and accepted principles may be challenging when applying in some of the research contexts.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2019-04-25T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## On Efficient Causation for Homosexual Behaviours among Traditional Africans: An Exploration of the Traditional Yoruba Model 2019-05-23T13:19:31+00:00 Dasaolu Babajide Olugbenga <p>In the face of the recent backlashes against homosexual persons in Africa, on the ground that the phenomenon is un-African and/or threat to procreation and marital values, it is pertinent to review the discourse in the light of how ancient Africans perceived the reality. This is imperative given the lack of consensus on the part of scientists to disinter a conclusive finding on what causes homosexual behaviours among humans. In this research, I employ traditional <em>Yorùbá</em> philosophy to provide a plausible justification for homosexuality among the people. In the face of this justification via <em>Yorùbá</em> folklore, I find that there is no documented evidence among the ancient <em>Yorùbá</em> that is suggestive of discrimination and stigmatization of homosexuals and inter-sex persons. As homosexual persons were respected but not criminalized, this study recommends the regurgitation of this outlook in the contemporaneous dealings with homosexual persons, beginning with the repealing of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of 2014 in Nigeria, which is inconsistent with African values and outlooks on the subject.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 2019-04-25T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Bioethics for peace and sustainable development of Bangladesh 2019-05-23T13:19:26+00:00 Shamima Parvin Lasker Md Morshadur Rahman <p>Bioethics is a vital part of a sustainable development. In this paper we discuss why developed country incorporate bioethics along with development of science and technology; and why bioethics decision-making is important to long term development of Bangladesh.</p> 2019-04-25T09:58:41+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## BBS News Vol.9(2) 2019-05-23T13:19:29+00:00 Shamima Parvin Lasker <p>20<sup>th</sup> Asian Bioethics Conference (ABC20) will be held on 22-25 Nov, 2019 at Dhaka, Bangladesh, organized by Bangladesh Bioethics Society (BBS) and &nbsp;in the cooperation with DGHS, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, People Republic of Bangladesh and in conjunction with ABA and Eubios Ethics Institute, Thailand, New Zeeland’s and Japan. It provides opportunity for all scholars around the world to gather feedback on their research, maximize networking opportunities, and learn the latest news and information and methodologies on bioethics.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is our great honor to welcome you to the ABC20 at Dhaka, Bangladesh.</p> <p>Bangladesh Bioethics Society (BBS) is the pioneer in bioethics, has been <strong>promoting integrity for</strong> sustainable development of Bangladesh since the beginning of 21<sup>st</sup> century. These actions reflect the nation’s effort as a member of the global community in developing science and biotechnology as well as in societal reform for protecting civil rights in ethical, legal, and social senses. The conference brings together scholars and policy makers from many disciplines all around the world (beyond just Asia and the Pacific) to discuss and deliberate on the latest issues facing humanity.</p> <p>The previous conferences was held in China, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Iran, the Philippines and Taiwan.</p> <p><strong>Please view at <a href=""></a></strong></p> 2019-04-25T00:00:00+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##