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Distinguished Bioethics Professor To Speak On Challenges Of Biotechnology, Stem Cell Research, And Human Cloning Controversy
[A photo of David Magnus for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/magnus.jpg.]
Clarkson University will host internationally recognized bioethics expert David Magnus on Thursday, August 29. Magnus will deliver the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture at the Clarkson Convocation. His lecture, “Who Owns Life: The Ethics of Biotechnology,” will be presented at 4 p.m. at the Cheel Arena on the Clarkson campus and is open to the public.
Magnus is graduate studies director and professor of bioethics at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. As an expert in the field of bioethics, he works closely with many policy-making bodies and corporations and currently works with the producers of the television series “ER” on a project on the ethical issues associated with the show. He has published widely and speaks frequently on the history and philosophy of biology and bioethics, particularly on issues concerning genetic technology.
His research interests focus on the ethical uses of new biotechnology, including the ethics of cloning and stem cell research and the ethics of genetically modified organisms that make up a large part of the food supply in the U.S. His work raises important questions about how the commercialization of biotechnology will affect the values of science and medicine and ultimately, who will control and who will benefit from the new technologies.
Magnus is also the associate editor of the American Journal of Bioethics and directs the Center for Bioethics project on the Ethics of Genetically Modified Foods. He is frequently interviewed in newspapers and on radio and television programs focusing on related issues. A collection of essays, “Who Owns Life?,” edited by Magnus, was published this spring.