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Public Meeting of the President's Council on Bioethics on September 4-5, 2003

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The President's Council on Bioethics, HHS.




The President's Council on Bioethics will hold its thirteenth meeting, at which, among other things, it will hear and discuss presentations on the ethics and implementation of embryonic stem cell research funding, including testimony by Elias Zerhouni, MD, director, U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Mark B. McClellan, MD, commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and several interested parties from the private sector. The Council will also continue discussion of its “beyond therapy” and “biotechnology and public policy” projects. Subjects discussed at past Council meetings (and potentially touched on at this meeting) include: human cloning, embryo research, lifespan-extension research, organ procurement for transplantation, and extra-therapeutic powers to enhance or improve human mood, memory, or muscles. The Council may also discuss issues surrounding the regulation of assisted reproduction and reproductive genetics (including IVF, ICSI, PGD; sex selection, inheritable genetic modification; and the patentability of human genes, tissues, and organisms).


The meeting will take place Thursday, September 4, 2003, from 9 a.m. to 5:15 pm ET; and Friday, September 5, 2003, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm ET.


Hotel Wyndham Washington DC, 1400 M Street NW., Washington, DC 20005.

Public Comments: The meeting agenda will be posted at Members of the public may comment, either in person or in writing. A period of time will be set aside during the meeting to receive comments from the public, beginning at 11:30 am, on Friday, September 5. Comments will be limited to no more than five minutes per speaker or organization. Please inform Ms. Diane Gianelli, Director of Communications, in advance of your intention to make a public statement, and please give her your name, affiliation, and a brief description of the topic or nature of your comments. To submit a written statement, mail or e-mail it to Ms. Gianelli at one of the addresses given below.

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Ms. Diane Gianelli, Director of Communications, The President's Council on Bioethics, Suite 700, 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20006. Telephone: 202/296-4669. e-mail: Web site:

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Dated: August 11, 2003.

Dean Clancy,

Executive Director, The President's Council on Bioethics.

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[FR Doc. 03-21476 Filed 8-21-03; 8:45 am]