Past Exploring Ethics Forums

Past programs that were held by the Ethics Center.

Stem cells and informed consent: What’s the right balance?

Date & Time Wed, 06/01/2011 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Human stem cells can be derived now in many different ways, but all of these approaches require a common starting point: Consent of the original donors of cells or embryos. Standards of responsible research require us to be sure

Who owns your cell phone?

Date & Time Wed, 05/04/2011 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview The first part of this talk examined the fact that a cellphone, by itself, is useless; without the cooperation of the operator, the sales and service network, subsidies and the like, it would be an expensive and useless

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The Ethics of Cooling the Planet through Geo-Engineering, Part III

Date & Time Wed, 03/02/2011 5:30-7:00 p.m. Overview Governing Geo-engineering The term geo-engineering covers a range of activities designed either to withdraw greenhouse gases currently residing in the atmosphere or to deflect solar radiation from reaching the Earth’s surface. Some activities of this sort (e.g.

Should patients have a voice in FDA drug approval?

Date & Time Wed, 02/02/2011 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Issues regarding the safety and efficacy of new medical products intersect at the table where FDA regulators and companies negotiate approvals. At present, both parties are constrained: regulators face many “but what if” disincentives, and companies are wary

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Ethical Choices for Innovators: A Conversation With David Fogel

Date & Time Wed, 12/01/2010 5:30-7:00 p.m. Overview During his 25-year career at the forefront of evolutionary computing, Dr. David Fogel has used advanced simulation techniques to generate unique solutions to complex problems in medicine, homeland security, and finance. The choices and routes to those

Synthetic Genomics: Who is watching?

Date & Time Wed, 09/01/2010 5:30pm-7:00pm Overview Recently scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute created the first “synthetic” bacterial cell.  A team of 24 researchers in San Diego and Rockville, MD, synthesized the genome of a small bacterium from the chemicals that make up