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Human Genome News, May 1990; 2(1)

Juengst to Head NCHGR Ethics Program

Eric T. Juengst, a specialist in the ethical dilemmas that arise when medical technology interfaces with society, will join the National Center for Human Genome Research (NCHGR) on May 1 to run its program on ethical, legal, and social implications of human genome research.

Juengst comes to NCHGR from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, where he was Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Humanities. A 1978 graduate in biology from the University of the South and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Juengst received his Ph.D. degree in philosophy from Georgetown University, where he concentrated his studies in the philosophy of science and bioethics.

In 1984 he joined the Division of Medical Ethics at the Medical School of the University of California at San Francisco, where he researched ethical issues in prospective "gene therapy" of germ line cells. Juengst became the acting chief of the division in 1987.

A year later Juengst became bioethics consultant to the National Research Council during preparation of its report, Mapping and Sequencing the Human Genome. He now serves on the Office of Technology Assessment panel examining genetic testing in the workplace.

He has cochaired the grants review panel of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-National Science Foundation program on ethics in science and technology and has chaired the NEH interdivisional policy committee on humanities studies of science and technology.

Juengst is a member of the American Philosophical Association, the Philosophy of Science Association, and the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.


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