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Our Approach

The Hastings Center seeks and sees the unseen: major questions that advances in biomedical technologies pose to society. Should we edit the human germline? How should we derive benefits from synthetic biology and prevent potential harms? We bring together people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives to address these and other profound questions. Our research is carried out by interdisciplinary teams that engage in a rigorous process of analysis, deliberation, framing, and reframing of the key issues at stake. This work produces authoritative books, special reports, and other documents that inform professional practice and public policy.

Through our publications and public engagement–including events, webcasts, and other digital media– we insert human values and the value of bioethics into public conversations, while providing platforms for a range of voices to express themselves and be heard. We bring our work to multiple audiences, including leaders in public policy, biotechnology, and medicine,  as well as journalists, educators, and students.