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Science: Bioethics Project (AP Bio)

Resources, including specific assignment resources, for the Sciences.

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Subject Heading: Opposing Viewpoints

Subject Heading: Global Issues

General Bioethics

 Bioethics (ebooks)


Animal experimentation Animal Experimentation Animal Testing
Biodiesel Biofuels Biofuel Impact on Food Prices and World Hunger

Bioethics & Cloning

Bioethics Bioethics ; Cloning
Carbon Credits Carbon Offsets Carbon Emissions Trading
Coral Bleaching   Coral Reefs
Deforestation Deforestation Deforestation
Endangered Species Endangered Species Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation
Environmentalism   Environmental Issues Protests; Environmental Justice
Factory Farms Factory Farming  
Fracking Fracking Fracking
Gene Therapy   Gene Testing and Privacy Issues
Genetic Engineering Genetic Engineering  
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Genetically Modified Food Genetically Modified Foods
Global Climate Change Global Warming and Climate Change  
Green Movement Green New Deal; Green Cities  
Human Cloning Cloning Cloning
Human Medical Research Medical Ethics Medical Testing
Immunizations Vaccines Vaccines
Keystone Pipeline Oil Pipelines  
Mercury in fish/seafood   Mercury Poisoning
Oil Sands    
Organ Donation Organ Donation and Transplantation Organ Donation and Transplantation
Organic Food Organic Food Organic Agriculture and Organic Foods
Overfishing   Overfishing
Overpopulation   Population Issues
Ozone Depletion   Ozone Layer Depletion
Patenting of Genes    
Pesticide Use   Agriculture: Environmental Impact
Recycling Recycling Recycling
Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Alternative and Renewable Energy
Stem Cells Stem Cells Stem Cell Research
Water Quality   Water Pollution; Waterborne Disease

Specialty Databases

Specialty Science Databases

Gale eReference Books: See special collection for AP BIO here.

Environmental Science

Health & Wellness (Nutrition, Biology)

Agriculture (GMOs, Biofuels, Pesticides, Factory Farms, etc)

Databases from EBSCO

Research databases
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Additional Databases

Selected Databases for AP BIO
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Research for Science

Note: Not all non-profit (.org) sites are created equally. ".org"  only means the site owners are, traditionally, not a profit-based company, it is not an indicator of credibility. Use the databases and government sources first.

As you are evaluating the information a foundation selects to appear on its site, be diligent in looking for information about the various "Foundations" outside of the organization's page: 

  • Foundations can have a bias or slant , and this may affect what data they share and how they choose to share it. 
  • Check to see who or what provides funding for non-profits:  (ads? corporate donations? donations from people?)
  • What do other  known reputable organizations say about the foundation?

Example:  American College of Pediatricians  vs American Association of Pediatrics

Levels of Scientific Evidence from The News Literacy ProjectLevels of Scientific Evidence

The Science News Cycle

When Reading Popular Science Journalism...

Remember that when putting complex scientific findings into terms for a layperson, levels of meaning can be lost. Remember also that the web and social media (and even traditional, standards-based, journalism) can be driven by need for 'clicks' and engagement, which can lead to sensationalist or 'Click-bait' headlines.


The Science News Cycle

Chan, Jorge. "The Science News Cycle." PHD Comics (Piled High and Deep), no. 1174, 18 May 2009,

Bad Science

4 Tips to Spot Bad Science Reporting (Above the Noise, PBS)

Spotting Bad Science

Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science, by Andy Brunning, Compound Interest. CC by-nd-nc 4.0
"Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science," Compound Interest. Released under a CC by-nc-nd 4.0 license.