Laurie Zoloth

Laurie Zoloth is director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society and professor of medical ethics and humanities in Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also professor of religion and a member of the Jewish studies faculty in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and director of Northwestern's Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Leadership.

She currently serves on the NASA Planetary Protection Advisory Committee, and NASA's Interagency National Animal Care and Use Committee. She was a founding board member and currently serves on the boards of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, The Society for Scriptural Reasoning, and the Society for Neuroethics. She is an executive board member of The Society for Women's Health Research and is the chair of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Bioethics Advisory Board.

Her book, Health Care and The Ethics of Encounter, on justice, health policy, and the ethics of community, was published in 1999. She is also co-editor of three books, Notes From a Narrow Ridge: Religion and Bioethics, with Dena Davis; Margin of Error: The Ethics of Mistakes in Medicine, with Susan Rubin; and The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Ethics, Religion, and Policy, with Karen LeBacqz and Suzanne Holland. Her current research projects include work on the emerging issues in medical and research genetics, nanotechnology, neuroscience, the ethical issues in stem cell research, and distributive justice in health care.




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Research and care for cancer have made great progress in the last decade. Many more people survive a once fatal illness, and look ahead to a hopeful future. But the treatment of cancer can have serious side effects, including the possible end of a person’s reproductive life. Most life-saving cancer regimens risk harming or destroying the sperm and eggs needed for normal reproduction. For men, the solution is straightforward—freezing sperm before treatment begins and using it later.