About the Collection

The Bioethics Research Library holds original documents from the earliest U.S. Presidential Commissions about bioethics as well as archived websites containing reports and transcripts from more recent Commissions. The Library has provided reports and appendices for various digitization efforts so that full-text of these historic documents could be made available online.

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues continues the nearly forty-year history of groups established by the president or Congress to provide expert advice on topics related to bioethics. These groups have differed in their composition, methods, and areas of focus, but they have shared a common commitment to the careful examination and analysis of ethical considerations that underlie our nation’s activities in science, medicine, and technology.

Learn more about the U.S. bioethics commissions and leave feedback regarding this collection at the Bioethics Research Library's U.S. Bioethics Commissions page.

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