The blog of the 2009 – 2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Posts in category: Synthetic Biology

Looking Back at the Bioethics Commission’s Blog

Throughout its tenure, the Bioethics Commission has maintained an active digital presence to connect with a global audience. A major component of this has been through its blog. This final blog post reflects on the role the blog has played in disseminating the Bioethics Commission’s work.

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Ethically Sound Episode 10: Charting a Path Forward

The tenth and final episode of the Bioethics Commission’s podcast series, Ethically Sound, is now available. Today’s episode, “Charting a Path Forward,” focuses on the Bioethics Commission’s two most recent public meetings, during which the Bioethics Commission reflected on the impact of past, present, and future of national bioethics advisory bodies.

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Ethically Sound Episode 6: New Directions

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues bioethics_twitter-v3-08(Bioethics Commission) has
released the sixth episode, “New Directions”, in its new
podcast series Ethically Sound. This podcast series is dedicated to bringing the Bioethics Commission’s body of work to a broad audience. The Bioethics Commission, established in 2009 by President Bara
ck Obama, has produced 10 reports, each of which focuses on key ethical considerations surrounding a particular topic. Today’s episode is based on the Bioethics Commission’s first report, New Directions: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies.

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Bioethics Deliberation and Education in New Directions

Two weeks ago, in the blog post “A Background on Deliberation and Education in Bioethics,” we discussed the role of deliberation and education in the recommendations issued by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission). These principles remain a common thread throughout the Bioethics Commission’s work. This second post of the […]

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New Educational Module from the Bioethics Commission on Community Engagement in Synthetic Biology

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has posted to Bioethics.gov a new educational module on community engagement in the context of synthetic biology. The module integrates material from the Bioethics Commission’s report New Directions: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies (New Directions). The aim of this module is […]

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Member Spotlight: Barbara Atkinson

President Obama appointed Barbara Atkinson, M.D., to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) in April 2010. Atkinson is Executive Vice Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She was elected to […]

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Member Spotlight: Anita L. Allen

When Dr. Anita Allen moves in to her new office at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has recently been appointed Vice Provost for Faculty, she will bring her 1991 yearbook from Harvard Law School. Allen points out that the yearbook includes a portrait of her, then a visiting law professor, and also of then […]

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Synthetic Biology and Beyond: Commission’s Goal: keep the dialogue going

Washington, D.C. – On December 16, 2010 the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released its report on Synthetic Biology, fulfilling its first charge from President Obama. Prompted by the J. Craig Venter Institute’s announcement that it had created the first self-replicating synthetic bacterial cell, President Obama tasked his Commission to review the […]

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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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This is a space for the members and staff of the 2009 -2017 Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues to communicate with the public about the work of the commission and to discuss important issues in bioethics.

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