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Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy Profiles: Finding a New Language: Translating Bioethics to the Private Sector

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I did my undergrad at Stanford, getting my BS in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) with a concentration in Life Sciences and Biotechnology. That wasn’t my initial plan, though: I started my Stanford career planning to be a pre-med studying bioengineering. (I’d been really interested in genetics since watching Jurassic Park as a kid, and I had a sense that genetics would have a big impact on medicine.) But then, in my first bioengineering lab course, I was handed a culture of HeLa cells — immortal human cells derived from Henrietta Lacks without her consent. From that situation, I realized that I also wanted to study how science has had an impact on people and society — for good and for ill. That led me to STS and, in turn, to bioethics.

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