The Ethics of Heritable Genome Editing

JAMA, December 3, 2018
by Eli Y. Adashi and I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article:  Editing the genome of human gametes or embryos is a disruptive unactualized technology and continues to be the subject of a wide range of concerns. The chief concern is the… Read More

Bioethics and the Law of Reproductive Technology and Genetics

Harvard Ed Portal, Allston, MA, September 13, 2016

Genetic enhancements. Reproductive technologies. Animal-human hybrids. Through new technologies and discoveries in science, we are able to do amazing things. However, these new developments have brought… Read More

Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics

Petrie-Flom Center, Course begins September 6, 2016. Register now!

Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics An introduction to the study of bioethics and the application of legal and ethical reasoning. Course begins on September… Read More

New EdX Course: Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics
Taught by Petrie-Flom Faculty Director Glenn Cohen

Deadline: September 06, 2016

About this courseBioethics provides an overview of the legal, medical, and ethical questions around reproduction and human genetics and how to apply legal reasoning to these questions. This law course… Read More

Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Deadline: August 29, 2014

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is actively soliciting original manuscripts, responses, essays, and book reviews devoted to the examination of issues related to the intersection of law and… Read More

Tulsa Law Review special issue honoring Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge

Tulsa Law Review Vol. 49, Issue 3, 2013
by Einer Elhauge (Founding Faculty Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and others

A symposium honoring the work of Petrie-Flom Founding Faculty Director Einer Elhauge has been published by the Tulsa Law Review. The issue includes Elhauge’s article, “I'm… Read More

What (If Anything) Is Wrong with Human Enhancement? What (If Anything) Is Right with It?

Tulsa Law Review, vol. 49, 2014
by I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Abstract:  Should human enhancement be prohibited? Subsidized? Mandated? Taxed?  This article is part of a symposium honoring one of my wonderful mentors: Einer Elhauge. It focuses on human enhancement.… Read More

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) Soliciting Commentaries

Deadline: May 05, 2014

Journal of Law and the Biosciences is pleased to solicit Peer Commentaries for the following articles: The Regulation of Cognitive Enhancement Devices, by Hannah Maslen, Thomas Douglas, Roi Cohen Kadosh,… Read More

The First Issue of Journal of Law and Biosciences Is Now Available!

Petrie-Flom Center, February 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the first issue of Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is now available online. The articles are: Knoppers, Bartha M., Edward S. Dove, & Ma'n H. Zawati.… Read More

Announcing the New Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2014
by Petrie-Flom Center and HLS, Duke University, and Stanford University

The Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School are delighted to announce our partnership with Duke University, Stanford University, and Oxford University Press to launch a new peer-reviewed, open access,… Read More

The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering

by Michael Sandel

Michael Sandel challenges the idea of perfecting human beings and explores moral issues arising from attempts to enhance people using genetic engineering technology.  Read More

Is There a Problem with Enhancement?

American Journal of Bioethics
by Francis Kamm

This article offers an alternate suggestion as to why enhancement may be troubling and considers what we could safely enhance. Read More

The Inevitability of Genetic Enhancement Technologies

by Francoise Baylis & Jason Robert

The authors outline a number of ethical objections to genetic enhancement of human capacities and argue that they are unconvincing. Read More

Beyond Therapy:

President’s Council on Bioethics, 2003

Written by the President's Council on Bioethics after more than sixteen months of deliberations, this report studies the profound ethical and social consequences of biotechnological innovations. Read More

Liberal Eugenics: In Defence of Human Enhancement

by Nicholas Agar

This book seeks to defuse public anxieties about the use of genetic technology to enhance human capacities and defends the idea that parents should be allowed to enhance their children's genetic characteristics. Read More

Human Enhancement

by Julian Savulescu and Nick Bostrom

This edited volume offers a wide range of perspectives with respect to the issue.  Read More

The Wisdom of Nature: An Evolutionary Heuristic for Human Enhancement

by Nick Bostrom and Anders Sandberg

This chapter takes on the objection that human enhancement violates the “wisdom of nature.” Read More

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET)

Founded in 2004 by philosopher Nick Bostrom and bioethicist James Hughes, the IEET is an organization that seeks to understand the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies. One of the… Read More


Formerly the World Transhumanist Association, this is an international organization which advocates the ethical use of emerging technologies to enhance human capacities. Read More