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President Barack Obama announced Tuesday the 10 members he plans to appoint to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, which will be chaired by Penn President Amy Gutmann and vice chaired by Emory University President James Wagner.

Among intended appointees is Penn Law School professor Anita Allen, who said she is “extremely pleased” and looks forward to outlining an agenda during the first meeting, which hasn’t yet been scheduled.

“Penn has been a leader in the field of bioethics,” Allen said, so her involvement in the Commission is “particularly pleasing.”

The committee will study issues that “affect us all,” and will provide the President with “practical advice” about furthering science, health care and technology while remaining “socially responsible and ethical,” Gutmann wrote in a statement.

Obama is “grateful” to the members of the commission and looks forward to their recommendations in the coming years, according to a White House press release.

Other intended appointees — including Lonnie Ali, a Parkinson’s disease activist and Muhammad Ali’s wife — are experts in the fields of law, medicine and public health.

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