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Advising the President on ethical issues related to
advances in biomedical science and technology.

The Charter of the President's Council on Bioethics
expired on September 30, 2009.

Dr. Leon Kass
Leon R. Kass


"Among the most urgent of the Council's intellectual tasks is the need to provide an adequate moral and ethical lens through which to view particular developments in their proper scope and depth."

Dr. Kass served as chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001-2005.

Dr. Edmund Pellegrino
Edmund D. Pellegrino

"To advance human good and avoid harm, biotechnology must be used within ethical constraints. It is the task of bioethics to help society develop those constraints and bioethics, therefore, must be of concern to all of us."

Dr. Pellegrino served as chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2005-2009.

Reports from the Council Topics of Council Concern

Stacked Covers of PCBE Reports

We invite you to read our reports on ethical issues that arise from advances in biotechnology and biomedical sciences. Such issues include: determination of death, human cloning, human dignity and bioethics, newborn screening, stem cell research, alternative sources of stem cells, end-of-life care, the regulation of assisted reproduction, and the uses of biotechnology that go "beyond therapy."

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Bioethics Research Library
at Georgetown University.

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