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Ethically Sound is a podcast of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Through the podcast, we seek to bring attention to bioethical issues arising from advances in medicine, science and technology and share recommendations from our reports. The Bioethics Commission is an advisory panel of the nation's leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. It advises President Obama on evolving bioethical issues.

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Ethically Sound is a podcast of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Through the podcast, we seek to bring attention to bioethical issues arising from advances in medicine, science and technology and share recommendations from our reports. The Bioethics Commission is an advisory panel of the nation's leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. It advises President Obama on evolving bioethical issues.

    Charting A Path Forward

    Charting A Path Forward

    Since the 1970s, the United States has had a succession of national advisory bodies to provide Congress or the President with expert advice on topics related to bioethics. As science and technology continues to develop with increasing speed, many are wondering: what does the future hold for national bioethics advisory bodies? In this episode of Ethically Sound, host Hillary Wicai Viers talks with Bioethics Commission member Dr. Daniel Sulmasy and Prof. Alex Capron, and discusses the Bioethics Commission's reflections on the past, present and future of bioethics advisory bodies.

    • 12 min
    Bioethics for Every Generation

    Bioethics for Every Generation

    Each of us in our lifetime will face tough choices about our health, the health of a loved one, or the health of our community. Sometimes there are no clear right or wrong answers. So how do we tackle these ethical dilemmas? In this episode of Ethically Sound, host Hillary Wicai Viers talks with the chair of the Bioethics Commission Dr. Amy Gutmann and Dr. Lisa M. Lee, and discusses the Bioethics Commission's report Bioethics for Every Generation: Deliberation and Education in Health, Science, and Technology.

    • 13 min
    Ethically Impossible

    Ethically Impossible

    In the 1940s, US researchers in Guatemala exposed prisoners, psychiatric patients, soldiers and sex workers to sexually transmitted diseases, without their consent. Did the researchers intentionally flaunt the ethical standards of the day? In this episode of Ethically Sound, host Hillary Wicai Viers talks with Bioethics Commission member Dr. Anita Allen and Dr. Paul Lombardo, and discusses the Bioethics Commission's report Ethically Impossible: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948.

    • 14 min
    Moral Science

    Moral Science

    Advances in medicine just wouldn’t be possible without the people who volunteer to participate in research studies. But how can we be sure that people who enroll in research are treated ethically? In this episode of Ethically Sound, host Hillary Wicai Viers talks with Bioethics Commission member Dr. Nita Farahany and Dr. Jerry Menikoff, and discusses the Bioethics Commission's report Moral Science: Protecting Participants in Human Subjects Research.

    • 14 min
    New Directions

    New Directions

    It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but synthetic biology is becoming more and more commonplace. And as it becomes more commonplace, so do concerns about how we use it responsibly. How should we safeguard against these possible risks? In this episode of Ethically Sound, host Hillary Wicai Viers talks with the vice-chair of the Bioethics Commission Dr. James Wagner and Eleonore Pawuels, and discusses the Bioethics Commission's report New Directions: The Ethics of Synthetic Biology and Emerging Technologies.

    • 13 min
    Gray Matters

    Gray Matters

    As neuroscience research ramps up, and scientists unlock more and more of the brain’s secrets, how can we be sure these insights are sought and used in responsible ways? In this episode of Ethically Sound, host Hillary Wicai Viers talks with Bioethics Commission member Dr. Stephen Hauser and Dr. Stephen Morse, and discusses the Bioethics Commission's report, Gray Matters: Topics at the Intersection of Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society.

    • 12 min

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