Bioethics and American Democracy

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.

From 2003 through 2017, we partnered with EPPC’s program on Science, Technology, and Society to publish the 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.