[extropy-chat] [Fwd: [Bioethics] Scholars debate whether to limit scientific research]
transhumanist at goldenfuture.net
Tue Jan 3 19:41:30 UTC 2006
December 29, 2005
Scholars debate whether to limit scientific research
ASU’s College of Law Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology
will play host to a conference titled “Forbidding Science? Balancing
Freedom, Security, Innovation and Precaution” Jan. 12 – 13 in the
College of Law’s Great Hall, located at the corner of Orange Street and
McAllister Avenue on the Tempe campus.
The conference will explore whether scientific research should be
restricted – and, if so, how far “too far” might be.
The first day of the conference will provide an overview of the legal
and policy questions, plus a discussion about the limitations of the
“right” to conduct scientific research. The second day’s events will
focus on three case studies involving emerging research controversies in
the areas of pathogens and toxins, nanotechnology and
“We have reached a point in human history where some of the scientific
research we could do, perhaps we should not do for safety, national
security or ethical reasons,” says Gary Marchant, executive director of
the center. “We therefore must choose, for the first time, which science
should be allowed, and which should not. How, and by whom, such
decisions should be made will be the focus of this timely and
Among the distinguished conference scholars will be:
• ASU President Michael Crow.
• Leon Kass, Clark Harding Professor, Committee on Social Thought at the
University of Chicago.
• Martin Redish, Louis & Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public
Policy at Northwestern University School of Law.
George Poste, director of ASU’s Biodesign Institute, will be the keynote
Along with ASU, the conference co-sponsors include the Biodesign
Institute; the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes; the Center for
Biology and Society; the Arizona Consortium for Medicine, Society and
Values; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the
Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics; and the American Bar Association
Section of Science and Technology Law.
The conference, open to the public, welcomes all ASU faculty, staff and
students. There is no conference fee except for attorneys seeking
continuing legal education credits. Advance registration is requested.
To register, go to the conference link at
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