Friday, October 18, 2002
Welcome and Opening Remarks
CHAIRMAN KASS: Good morning, and welcome to the
second day of the 7th meeting of the President's Council on
Bioethics, and welcome especially to our fellow citizens, and members
of the public.
I would like to introduce first a
new member of our staff, Carter Snead, whom I mentioned yesterday.
Carter will be joining us in a couple of weeks. He is a lawyer, who
has been liberated from Ropes and Gray to come spend some time with us,
and we will be working on the things that we are speaking about this
After yesterday's discussion
of topics that have to do with extra therapeutic -- possible extra
therapeutic uses of biomedical technology, we return this morning to
another subject that has occupied us really for -- since the beginning,
namely the question of the regulation of biomedical technologies.
And we are very fortunate this
morning to have not just one, but two distinguished visitors from the
mother country, the nation that has in fact taken the lead in the
regulation of biomedical technology, and we stand to learn a great deal
from their contributions.
I would like to welcome Baroness
Helena Kennedy, who is the Chair of the Human Genetics Commission, and
Ms. Suzi Leather, who is the Chair of the Human Fertilization and
And we will have presentations in
that order, with a break in between. And without further adieu, let me
simply ask Baroness Kennedy to begin. Thank you very much both for