Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Meeting - 2010
Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Meeting - 2010

September 13-14, 2010

Hearing testimony from a group of diverse experts from the fields of bioethics, theology, law, technology transfer, engineering, and various fields in science and medicine, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues met at Penn on September 13-14.

At the two-day meeting, the Commission, chaired by Penn President Amy Gutmann, undertook a further examination of the risks and benefits of the developing field of synthetic biology, following its charge from President Obama in May. Commission members heard from experts about the practice of synthetic biology and the prospects of translating it into useful discoveries. They also listened to philosophical and theological perspectives on the issue; views on social responsibility and stewardship; a discussion of risk assessment and ethics; and details on biosafety and security issues.

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