JCVI: Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
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Media Advisory 29-Jun-2010



Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010

8:30 am — 5:15 pm (Thursday, July 8)
9 am — 12:15 pm (Friday, July 9)

The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC
1150 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Topic: Synthetic Biology

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will hold its first meeting on July 8-9 in Washington, DC.  The primary topic is synthetic biology. 

Speakers include Craig Venter, PhD, Drew Endy, PhD, George Church, PhD, and other leaders in synthetic biology, as well as experts in ethics, policy, regulation and government. Please see agenda for full list of speakers: http://www.bioethics.gov/meetings/070810/

Following last May's announcement that scientists had created a self-replicating cell containing an entirely synthetic genome, President Obama asked the Bioethics Commission to study the implications of this technology. He asked the Commission to issue a report within six months and to recommend to him any actions it thinks the federal government should take to maximize benefits and minimize risks associated with this technology, while identifying appropriate ethical boundaries.

Link to President Obama's request to the Commission: http://www.bioethics.gov/documents/Letter-from-President-Obama-05.20.10.pdf

All Commission meetings are free and open to the public.  The meeting will be live-streamed and archived on the Commission website at www.bioethics.gov. Transcripts will be posted on the website after the meeting.


Diane M. Gianelli