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In December of 2010 the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a new report on synthetic biology, which found "…no reason to endorse additional federal regulations or a moratorium on work in this field at this time." Instead the Commission urged "monitoring and dialogue between the private and public sectors to achieve open communication and cooperation." The Commission's report is the result of six months of discussion and deliberation and advocates a principle of "prudent vigilance," where benefits and risks are assessed both before and after projects are undertaken. The report contains 18 recommendations focused on ensuring public benefits, responsible stewardship, intellectual freedom, democratic deliberation, and justice and fairness.
The United States is not alone in its effort to craft policies for the emerging field of synthetic biology. Under the auspices of the European Group on Ethics (EGE), the European Union published Opinion No. 25 - Ethics of Synthetic Biology, recommending that the governance of synthetic biology requires a multi-pronged approach that goes beyond ensuring safety to addressing ethical, legal, and political issues in the EU and worldwide.
Join us at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars on March 25th for a transatlantic discussion of the implications and governance of synthetic biology.
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What: President's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues - The Ethics of Synthetic Biology
When: March 25, 2011 from 9:00am-11:00am
(Light breakfast available at 8:30am)
- Dr. Christine Grady, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
- Dr. Anita Allen, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues;
- Dr. Hille Haker (Germany). Richard McCormick S.J. Chair of Catholic Moral Theology, Loyola University Chicago (since 2010); Professor of Moral Theology and Social Ethics, University of Frankfurt (since 2005), Member European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies;
- Dr. Lino Paula, Policy Analyst, Ethics and Gender Unit, Directorate for Innovation and European Research Area, European Commission
- David Rejeski, Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, will moderate the session
Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 5th Floor
Conference Room in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania
For directions see: www.wilsoncenter.org/directions
About The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and international affairs.
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