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Monthly Archives: November, 2010

Buzz over science: Oslo, Cronkite and FactCheck.org

A few years ago, Dr. Stephen L. Hauser accompanied a friend to Oslo. His friend had won a Nobel Prize. “It was so impressive — the entire nation was transfixed by science,’’ Hauser told his fellow members of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. “We were stopped in the streets, and asked […]

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A debate over risks of synthetic biology

Over two days of hearings, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues didn’t just read its draft recommendations on federal oversight of synthetic biology and then explain the reasoning behind them. Its members raised major issues and debated several of them. Unlike the Commission’s previous two hearings in Washington and Philadelphia, the two […]

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Lonnie Ali on synthetic biology: `So many opportunities’

Lonnie Ali, the wife of Muhammad Ali and an advocate for raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease, is a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. During a break in this week’s hearings, she talked about her experience on the Commission: Q: What have been your impressions so far? A: I was […]

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Aristotle would be proud: `Prudent vigilance’ for synthetic biology

Since there are so many unknowns about synthetic biology, should the federal government follow Europe’s approach to genetically modified food? That is, not allow research to go forward until it’s proven safe? That question was posed by Dr. John D. Arras, a member of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, during its […]

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Commissioners debate synthetic biology’s rewards, risks

It is a subject so new and so fast-evolving that scientists disagree on how to define it. The subject, synthetic biology, has many definitions, said Dr. James Wagner, President of Emory University and Vice Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. “We asked for a definition and we were rebuffed,’’ Wagner […]

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An ethical framework

At the opening of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues meeting today in Atlanta, the first discussion wasn’t about the issue at hand – synthetic biology. Instead, it was about how to approach the issue. It was the third meeting of the Commission for its assigned task to make a recommendation to […]

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Welcome to blog.Bioethics.gov

In the next few days, we will launch this blog with live coverage of our Atlanta hearing on the implications and ethics of synthetic biology. Along with live video from the event, we hope that this coverage can provide a window on this week’s events even for those who can’t join us in Atlanta. After […]

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