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International Dimensions of Ethics Education Case Study Series

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This material is part of an interactive on-line curriculum developed by the International Dimensions of Ethics in Science and Engineering project ( It includes a set of cases and related resources based on real events with international ethical dimensions. The case studies are based upon in-class case studies written and developed by MJ Peterson, Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst. The interactive components were created and implemented under the direction of Thomas Murray. Some cases include audio interviews with fictitious stakeholders showing different perspectives on the case. The project homepage includes guidelines for structuring online student discussion forums and activities, and "driving questions" for homework and/or discussion. Please see for additional resources.


This case is a somewhat fictionalized exploration of the controversy surrounding a South Korean research scientist's recruitment of egg donors for his team's stem cell research from 2002 through 2005. The research team, after gaining fame for scientific advances in the field, later came under international scrutiny for alleged violation of ethics standards by paying and/or coercing volunteer egg donors.