Nature Reviews Genetics 4, 233-239 (March 2003) | doi:10.1038/nrg1022

Science and societyChina's struggle for practical regulations in medical ethics

Ole Döring1  About the author


The introduction of ethical regulations in medicine in China might seem at odds with the country's social and moral reality. Chinese bioethicists find themselves torn between the necessity to re-create a fully-fledged modern health-care system and aspirations to become global players in the biomedical sciences. The result is a top-down approach in medical ethics, created on behalf of the people. Despite its introduction, there are concerns about whether China is prepared to embrace the standards it claims to have adopted.

Author affiliations

  1. Ole Döring is at the Chinese History and Philosophy Department, Faculty for East Asian Studies, Ruhr-University Bochum, D-44780 Bochum.