The biotechnology revolution, while promising enormous returns in human wellbeing, is rapidly expanding our powers of control over our bodies, our minds, and our world. How we acquire these powers and how we decide to use them are not questions that science alone can answer: they are also moral and political questions of profound importance to the future of democratic society and the dignity of human life. EPPC’s program on Bioethics and American Democracy works to clarify our responsibilities to the future by encouraging much needed moral and political deliberation on emerging biotechnologies—from cloning to stem-cell research to reproductive technologies to human enhancement and beyond.
We partner with EPPC’s program on Science, Technology, and Society, as well as the Center for the Study of Technology and Society, to publish our acclaimed quarterly The New Atlantis: A Journal of Technology and Society. We are at the center of today’s bioethics debates, helping scientists, policymakers, and citizens deal more wisely and more creatively with the promise and perils of advances in biotechnology.
Brendan Foht, Research and Editorial Assistant, The New Atlantis
Ari Schulman, Senior Editor, The New Atlantis
The New Atlantis Turns Ten
EPPC’s New Atlantis journal celebrates ten years of concentrating on the human side of scientific progress. Read More.
Stem Cells, Life, and the Law
Monday's decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia halting all federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research is a surprising milestone in the decade-long debate over this morally fraught field — and another opportunity to make the case that medical research must proceed hand-in-hand with respect for life and human dignity. First, Read More.
When Folly Is Forever
Historians, accustomed to rummaging through document-stuffed archives, are now worrying about the future of the past. Our lives, they note, are ever more digitized: family joys and sorrows, work-place successes and setbacks, government directives and debates, are increasingly composed and conveyed digitally. The seeming ephemerality of these records—their formats may become obsolete or they may Read More.
Global State of Stem Cells and Cloning in Science, Ethics, and Law
The Ethics and Public Policy Center was pleased to cosponsor a major conference in Rome on stem cells: the ethical issues, the scientific options, the international perspective, and the theological debate. Program of Events Monday, March 7, 2005 8:45 – 9:00 — Welcoming remarks/introductions Austin Ruse (Culture of Life Foundation) 9:00 – 11:00 — Session Read More.