Dr. Arthur Caplan is the director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He was named a person of the Year in 2001 by USA Today. He was also described as one of the ten most influential people in science by Discover magazine in 2008. Caplan is the author or editor of twenty-nine books and over 500 papers in refereed journals. His most recent books are "Smart Mice Not So Smart People" (Rowman Littlefield, 2006) and the "Penn Guide to Bioethics" (Springer, 2009). He holds seven honorary degrees from colleges and medical schools and is a fellow of the Hastings Center, the NY Academy of Medicine, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Caplan contributed the dangerous idea that we should use synthetic biology to create new life forms to Big Think's "Month of Thinking Dangerously."