Latest Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Stories
In a report released today, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues concluded that the federal government would have to take multiple steps before anthrax vaccine trials with children could be ethically considered.
Federal agencies have started taking steps to address the recommendations in a 2010 report from the presidential bioethics commission to improve the governance of synthetic biology research and development, though the government has not fully addressed any of the report recommendations, according to a scorecard tracking the efforts.
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today issued its report concerning federally-sponsored research involving human volunteers, concluding that current rules and regulations provide adequate safeguards to mitigate risk.
At its public meeting on August 29 in Washington, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will publicly discuss several key findings as it refines the conclusions of its historical investigation into the U.S. Public Health Service (U.S. PHS) studies done in Guatemala in the 1940s.
In the wake of last year's creation of the first self-replicating cell with a synthetic genome â€“ which was quickly followed by a request from President Barack Obama for a report by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues â€“ a series of essays in the Hastings Center Report examines the social challenges that synthetic biology presents.
The White House announced on Thursday that the controversial field of synthetic biology poses limited risks and should be allowed to proceed.
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues today released its first reportâ€”a wide-ranging review of the emerging field of synthetic biologyâ€”issuing 18 recommendations including a call for coordinated federal oversight of scientists working in both large institutions and smaller settings.
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