October 14, 2006

Quest for Cosmic Righteousness NASA's Chief Bioethicist, a Cheltenham Man, Tries to See that its Scientific Missions Do No Harm

That's their title. We're long overdue in noting this great profile of co-editor Paul Root Wolpe, president of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities and general go-to guy on ethics in space, psychiatry and sexual deviance (scholarship, of course). gHe is I am quite sure the only bioethics scholar who is working on, or ever will, the question of
...what should be done with an astronaut who "becomes psychotic and attacks" the other crew members to working with Williams in determining the level of radiation to which an astronaut can be safely exposed, he said.

Wolpe's NASA work is "frontier," said Art Caplan, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics. "It opens doors merging engineering, ethics and medicine that you don't see anymore."

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