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Benjamin Hurlbut

Benjamin Hurlbut is an expert in bioethics, biomedicine, and the history and policies of science. His research focuses on the changing relationships between science, politics and law of biomedical research in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Hurlbut is a professor in the School of Life Sciences and studies scientific controversies while societal values shift in democracy, religion and public reason, such as topics including stem cell research and genomics.

Additionally, he is the author of Experiments in Democracy: Human Embryo Research and the Politics of Bioethics, which was published in 2017.

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If we've learned anything from what's happened in China, it's that the urge to race ahead pushes science to shoot first and ask questions later. But this is a domain where we should be asking questions first. And maybe never shooting. What's the rush?

— Benjamin Hurlbut, NPR