The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a November 16-17, 2010, public meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Meeting for the third time since its November 2009 inception, the commission will “continue discussing the emerging science of synthetic biology, including its potential benefits and risks, and appropriate boundaries and principles” the federal government should take “to ensure that America reaps the benefits of this developing field of science.” The meeting will be Webcast at

Charged with identifying and promoting policies and practices that ensure ethically responsible conduct of scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation, the commission also will “examine diverse perspectives and explore possibilities for useful international collaboration on these issues” and “recommend legal, regulatory, or policy actions as appropriate.” The commission welcomes public comment. See Federal Register, October 28, 2010.