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Health-related biotechnology in Brazil - some regulatory and ethical considerations

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The main purpose of this article is to present an overview of the complex regulatory and ethical challenges associated with the expansion of health-related biotechnology in Brazil. Initially, the author presents the general characteristics of Brazil, a developing Latin American country. The general panorama of human health-related biotechnology in the country is addressed. Finally, the author develops some regulatory and ethical considerations. To conclude, the author stresses optimistically that the current growth-spurt of a bioethics regulatory framework in Brazil is affecting positively the coherence and consistency of local science and health policies.

Keywords: Brazil, bioethics, health-related biotechnology, modern biotechnology, genetic engineering, human tissue trade, patenting life

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