In this issue we have quite a pot pouri of subjects in the papers, hence the title "bioethics has no limits?". The issues of bioethics are only limited by the mental constraints that we want to make. We still here some talk of medical issues as bioethics, and separation from environmental issues - however, all these issues are bioethics. The issues covered in a journal may mean it is spread over too wide an area too thinly, but I hope that the papers can broaden the perspective of readers. There are parallels in many of these issues, and lessons to be learnt across whatever boundaries people may like to make.
This issue starts with a reprinting of Hyakudai Sakamoto's commentary on the moves behind the planned East-Asian Bioethics Association. If you didn't receive one of the second printings of the first issue, you should have noticed my mistake in the absence of the last four paragraphs of his introduction - which also included his address. The wonders of computers are many, but they are yet to replace a careful checking of the final proofs. The text was still in the computer, but was not on the printed page. Rather than sending new copies to all the subscribers, copies were sent to editorial board members, and it was decided to reprint the paper this time. Following it is a response from Gerhold Becker, with commentary by Masahiro Morioka, that continues the Asian bioethics debate. The key point is the productive tension that discussion can make, a spirit that unites the many editorial board members of EJAIB, who have different leanings on each side of the universal/regional bioethics debate.
Following them, is a report on experiences with euthanasia in India by Dr Tharien, and a commentary by Frank Leavitt. These discuss Christian and Jewish views. We would welcome some comments from other views, which I know are found in the readers.
There is a discussion of medical esthetics, from Drs Pelin and Ors in Turkey, and human cloning from an Islamic view by Munawar Anees. Both these issues are more in the genetics/ethics tradition of Eubios publications.
After these papers that appear medical in nature, are guidelines on biodiversity prospecting, from Anil Gupta and the Pew Conservation Scholars. The topic of biodiversity was addressed in the previous issue of EJAIB, and appears again here. The issue includes the questions of intellectual property, which are now especially seen in medicine as well. The review is designed to bring readers into the discussion of ways to consider biodiversity, and who owns genetic resources and knowledge.
This is the second issue of the Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (EJAIB). To those readers who are new, the volume 5 refers to the continuation of the Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter (EEIN), which was published since 1991. In the last issue, p.23 was a list of editorial board members addresses, who have joined this enterprise to represent the corners of Asia, and International Bioethics. In this issue we welcome one further member to this board, Prof. Jochanan Benbassat.
Incidentally, the name "Eubios", meaning good life was a term I thought of in 1990 as appropriate. I was interested to receive announcements of genetic books published from "Bios Scientific Publishers" recently, with there books from 1993. It is an interesting word.
We look forward to more papers, and comments - and appreciate the help of the reviewers that have improved the quality of the papers received.- Darryl Macer