For space reasons, biographical information for all authors of the essays on public deliberation appears at the end of each essay.

Christy L. Cummings is a third-year neonatology fellow at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital, pursuing a track in bioethics. She participates in the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program and the Yale Pediatric Ethics Committee.

Rebecca Dresser is Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law and professor of ethics in medicine at Washington University in St. Louis and a coauthor of The Human Use of Animals: Case Studies in Ethical Choice (Oxford, 2008).

Joseph J. Fins is The E. William Davis, M.D., Jr. Professor of Medical Ethics and chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College and president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Michael Hauskeller is an associate professor of philosophy in the Department of Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Exeter, U.K. He specializes in moral philosophy. His latest book, Biotechnology and the Integrity of Life, was published in 2007 by Ashgate. His new book, What is Enhancement? (Acumen) will appear in 2012.

Holly Fernandez Lynch is an academic fellow at Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. She previously served as a senior policy and research analyst for the Presidential Commission of the Study of Bioethical Issues. She is the author of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise (MIT, 2008). Her current work focuses on legal solutions to problems in research ethics.

Mary S. McCabe chairs the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's ethics committee and serves on its institutional review board. She is also a faculty member in the Division of Medical Ethics at the Cornell Weill Medical College and a member of its ethics committee. At MSKCC she leads the institutional Survivorship Initiative. Her clinical and research interests include informed consent and the development of comprehensive programs for cancer survivors.

Paul T. Menzel is professor emeritus of philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University, the author of two books on philosophical issues in health economics, and coeditor (with Halley S. Faust) of Prevention vs. Treatment (Oxford, 2012).

Andrew G. Shuman is a fellow in medical ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College and in head and neck surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He serves on the ethics consultation service and ethics committees at both institutions. His research interests include ethical issues arising in head and neck cancer patients.

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