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Fundamental principles: Doing good - avoiding harm



Beneficence IconDoing good

 It is important to do good to others. But deciding which is the right thing to do can sometimes be difficult as not everyone always agrees as to what is best. If research money for science is limited, funders have to decide which projects will be the most beneficial.



Avoiding harm iconAvoid harm

 This is the other side of the coin to ‘doing good’. It is generally accepted that we have a duty not to harm anyone. We should not risk others' physical or emotional health, their way of life or their livelihood. This also means that we should care for places that others use. Some people go further and say that we should not harm any living thing.

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Jonny mallard 04-12-08 13:57
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