Without missing a beat, President Obama has asked the newly empaneled Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (ever more on this blog to be referred to as PCSBI, because that’s just a mouthful) to do a comprehensive review of the issue of synthetic life on the heel’s of the announcement made by the J. Craig Venter Institute that it had created the first synthetic self-replicating life form.
Why do I say this bodes well for PCSBI? The President had the presence of mind, for one, to remember that he has a bioethics commission and to use it for precisely what it was created to do, to in the words of its charter “identify and examine specific bioethical, legal and social issues related to the potential impacts of advances…in science and technology.” And ta-da!…
Live from the Center for Practical Bioethics, Dr. Summer Johnson (that’s me) provides a basic introduction to public health and public health ethics.
In addition, I explain how public health ethics differs from traditional ways of analyzing health care ethics problems, and in particular how this applies in the case of public health emergencies.
This podcast is delivered courtesy of The Bioethics Channel.
Summer Johnson, PhD…
Venter has done it again. But this time, he’s really done it–according to an article in Science, Venter’s team has made a truly living, self-replicating organism made from non-living parts, a bacterium. It’s ALIVE!
To read Art Caplan’s take on what this feat means scientifically and ethically, click here or read the full text below.
Summer Johnson, PhD
First synthetic lifeform holds promise, peril
Scientists alter genes to create living bacteria from non-living parts
by Arthur Caplan, PhD
What does it mean to be alive?
That’s a weighty question that scientists, theologians and philosophers have been wrangling over for eons.…