Professor of law, bioethics gains media attention for new book, gives presentations on ethics

Science magazine published a review of bioethics and law professor Max Mehlman’s new book Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares: The Promise and Peril of Genetic Engineering. The reviewer described the book as “a deep and wide-ranging catalogue of the implications of transhumanism as a philosophical doctrine and a careful analysis of potential pitfalls and concerns.” The reviewer concluded: “Accessible while having enough scientific substance to be taken seriously, Transhumanist Dreams provides a thought-provoking read for genetics professionals, ethicists, interested scientists and concerned citizens.”

In addition, Mehlman has been busy presenting on medical and legal issues. At the 2012 Medical Liability Reform Summit of the American College of Surgeons in Washington, D.C., Mehlman gave a presentation and participated in a debate where he criticized proposals for requiring medical malpractice cases to be tried before “health courts.”

Mehlman also gave a presentation on his new book as well as another presentation on ethical, legal and policy issues in military genomics at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Washington, D.C.