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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The White House has appointed two scientists, Amy Gutman and James Wagner, to lead the new Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Gutman, who is currently president of the University of Pennsylvania, will chair the commission, and Wagner, who is president of Emory University, will be the commission's vice chair.

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