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Pittsburgh, PA, Sept. 27, 2001 -- Dr. Michael Brannigan, professor of philosophy and director of La Roche College’s Center for the study of Ethics, is one of only two Americans who have been invited to attend an important international seminar this fall. The conference is entitled “Biotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues.” It will take place October 14-21, 2001, in Salzburg, Austria. As many as 50 people from 30 different countries are slated to attend the seminar. Participants include people from all walks of life: scientists, legislators, legal professionals, private industry representatives, policy-makers, ethicists, journalists, and health care professionals.

Advances in biotechnology have accelerated quite rapidly over the past several years. Scientists have sequenced the human genome, and have even cloned animals. Research has also allowed farmers to modify their crops genetically. Such advances have created legal, ethical and social dilemmas that have not been fully explored. The goal of this seminar is to advance discussions on the implications of biotechnology.

Dr. Michael Brannigan has been a professor at La Roche College for 12 years, and helped establish the Center for the Study of Ethics nearly five years ago. A member of Harvard University’s Medical Ethics program nominated Dr. Brannigan for the fellowship that will allow him to attend the seminar.

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