[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 165 (Thursday, August 26, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Page 52533]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-21267]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of 
Bioethical Issues

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Public 
Health and Science, The Presidential Commission for the Study of 
Bioethical Issues.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues 
will conduct a meeting in September. At this meeting, the Commission 
will continue discussing the emerging science of synthetic biology, 
including its potential benefits and risks, and appropriate ethical 
boundaries and principles.

DATES: The meeting will take place Monday, September 13, 2010, from 
8:50 a.m. to approximately 4:15 p.m., and Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 
from 9 a.m. to approximately noon.

ADDRESSES: Monday, September 13, The Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street, 
Philadelphia, PA 19104. Phone 215-222-0200. Tuesday, September 14, The 
Annenberg Public Policy Center, 202 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 
19104. Phone 215-898-9400.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Diane M. Gianelli, Director of 
Communications, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical 
Issues, 1425 New York Avenue, NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. 
Telephone: 202/233-3960. E-mail: info@bioethics.gov. Additional 
information may be obtained by viewing the Web site: http://www.bioethics.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act, Public Law 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App., notice is hereby given that the 
Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (PCSBI) will 
be conducting a meeting. The meeting will be held from 8:50 a.m. to 
approximately 4:15 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2010, at the Inn at 
Penn, 3600 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, and from 9 a.m. to 
approximately noon on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at The Annenberg 
Public Policy Center, 202 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 
The meeting will be open to the public with attendance limited to space 
available. The meeting will also be Web cast.
    Under authority of Executive Order 13521, dated November 24, 2009, 
the President established the PCSBI to serve as a public forum and 
advise him on bioethical issues generated by novel and emerging 
research in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. 
The Commission is charged to identify and promote policies and 
practices that assure ethically responsible conduct of scientific 
research, healthcare delivery, and technological innovation. In 
undertaking these duties, the Commission will examine specific 
bioethical, legal, and social issues related to potential scientific 
and technological advances; examine diverse perspectives and 
possibilities for useful international collaboration on these issues, 
and recommend legal, regulatory, or policy actions as appropriate. The 
main agenda items for this meeting involve further discussion of the 
opportunities and benefits to the public of the emerging science of 
synthetic biology, the challenges and risks, and the ethical boundaries 
that may be important to formulation of public policy with regard to 
this advancing science. The Commission also will hear more from the 
perspective of faith communities and others. The draft meeting agenda 
and other information about PCSBI, including information about access 
to the Web cast, will be available at http://www.bioethics.gov.
    The Commission welcomes input from anyone wishing to provide public 
comment on any issue before it. Individuals who would like to provide 
public comment at the meeting should notify Ms. Diane Gianelli, 
Director of Communications, by telephone at 202-233-3960, or e-mail at 
diane.gianelli@bioethics.gov. Anyone planning to attend the meeting who 
needs special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other 
reasonable accommodations, should also notify Ms. Gianelli in advance 
of the meeting. The Commission will make every effort to accommodate 
persons who need special assistance.
    Written comments will also be accepted in accord with the 
Commission's existing request for public comment on the issues before 
the Commission. Please address written comments by e-mail to 
info@bioethics.gov, or by mail to the following address: Public 
Commentary, The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical 
Issues, 1425 New York Ave., NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. 
Comments will be publicly available, including any personally 
identifiable or confidential business information that they contain. 
Trade secrets should not be submitted.

    Dated: August 17, 2010.
Valerie H. Bonham,
Executive Director, The Presidential Commission for the Study of 
Bioethical Issues.
[FR Doc. 2010-21267 Filed 8-25-10; 8:45 am]
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