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The Beowulf Life Sciences Code was a code of ethics for medical practictioners and genetic engineers.

It originated on the planet Beowulf in the Sigma Draconis System, which was renowned for its medical scientists. The Beowulfans developed a code of ethics in the wake of the Final War, supplanting the ancient Hippocratic Oath of Earth.

One of the provisions of the code was Practitioner-Patient Confidentiality, but this very clause also had stipulations on circumstances where confidentiality could be involuntarily violated or waived by one party without consent of the other. (HH8)

Their opposition to the code was one of the main reasons for Leonard Detweiler and his followers to leave Beowulf and found the star nation of Mesa. (SI2)

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