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Thomas H. Murray, president of the Hastings Center, and Gregory Kaebnick, a research scholar and editor of the Hastings Center Report, have both testified about synthetic biology before the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and are available for comment on its new report.
Kaebnick also testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce following the J. Craig Venter Group's announcement in May of the creation of the first self-replicating cell with a synthetic genome.
Murray and Kaebnick are leading the Hastings Center's project on ethical issues in synthetic biology, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Hastings Center's resource center on synthetic biology, including links to videos of testimony to the Presidential Commission and House Committee, as well as various related publications, can be found at:
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The Hastings Center is a nonpartisan bioethics research institution dedicated to bioethics and the public interest since 1969. The Center is a pioneer in collaborative interdisciplinary research and dialogue on the ethical and social impact of advances in health care and the life sciences. The Center draws on a worldwide network of experts to frame and examine issues that inform professional practice, public conversation, and social policy.
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