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IEET > Fellows > Linda Glenn

Linda Glenn, JD, LLM

Linda MacDonald Glenn is an attorney-at-law, bioethicist, educator and consultant. Her academic research encompasses the legal, ethical, and social impact of exponential technologies and “evolving notions of personhood”. 

She holds appointments the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center and California State University Monterey Bay.  She is also a lecturer at Singularity University, a Fellow at the Institute for Emerging Technologies and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Her other honors include an appointment as a Senior Fellow at the American Medical Association’s Institute for Ethics, and being named a Women’s Bioethics Scholar.

Prior to returning to an academic setting, she consulted and practiced as a trial attorney with an emphasis in patient advocacy, bioethical and biotechnology issues, and animal rights issues; she was the lead attorney in several “cutting edge” bioethics legal cases, including the case of Gray vs. Romeo.  She currently serves as an advisor to several Silicon Valley biotech startups.

She has advised governmental leaders and agencies and published numerous articles in professional journals and books.  Some of her better-known articles include Ethical Issues in Transgenics and Genetic Engineering, Human-Machine Mergers (or the Cyborgs Cometh) in Issues in Regenerative Nanomedicine and The Moveable Feast: Legal, Ethical and Social Implications of Converging Technologies On Our Dinner Tables.

She has made many media appearances, including the History Channel, NPR, and the Science Channel.  She is currently working on a book titled Bioethics for a New Earth: How Emerging Technologies Can Save Humanity and Our Planet.



Women's Bioethics Project

Back By Popular Demand -- The Content of the WBP Project

Women's Bioethics Project Closes

Forced Sterilisation in Namibia

The pain of the fetus

New Fatwa Calls on Men to Drink Women's Breast-Milk


Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds. (2014)


"A Review of the State of the Future Report 2015-16"   Ethical Technology  Dec 11, 2015

"The Emperor Has No Clothes: Socrates Deconstructs Singularity University"   Singularity Weblog  Nov 29, 2015

"Live-Blogging the Morning of Day Two of Humanity+ San Francisco"   Ethical Technology  Dec 2, 2012

"Milton Friedman’s Birthday"   Ethical Technology  Sep 20, 2012

"Ethical and Legal Issues in Human-Machine Mergers, or “The Cyborgs Cometh”"   21 Annals of Health Law 75, Special ASLME edition  Apr 20, 2012

"Breast Implant Blowout: Failure to Follow Up & Lack of Informed Consent"     Sep 2, 2011

"Not Just a Pretty Face:  Legal and Ethical Issues in Regenerative Nanomedicine"   Health Innovations in Context  Nov 10, 2010

"Policy, Places, & People: Feminist Bioethics in Singapore"   Ethical Technology  Jul 27, 2010

"Bioethicists Weigh In On the Healthcare Reform Vote"   Womens Bioethics Project  Mar 22, 2010

"Love’s Labour Lost: An act of desperation leads to a bad law"   Womens Bioethics Project  Mar 11, 2010

"Call 1-800-New-Organ, by 2020?"   Sentient Developments  Nov 17, 2009

"Human Enhancement & Nanotechnology Liveblogging Part 1"   Ethical Technology  Mar 28, 2009

"Nanotechnology and Human Performance"   Nanoethics 2(3) Dec 2008: 265-275.  Mar 18, 2009

"The Embryonic Personhood Debate Continues"   Womens Bioethics Project  Feb 28, 2009

"U.S. Presidential Candidates’ Prescriptions for a Healthier Future"   Women's Bioethics Project  Jul 15, 2007

"Designing Children"   Women's Bioethics Project  Sep 7, 2006

"Meet Noelle, the Pregnant Robot"   Women's Bioethics Blog  Apr 19, 2006

"Vive la difference: Men’s and Women’s Brains Work Differently, even while resting"   Women's Bioethics Blog  Apr 6, 2006

"Designer Microbes, the Human Genome Project and Alternative Fuels"   Women's Bioethics Project  Feb 27, 2006

"Students Promoting Science and Technology in the Interest of Humanity"   Women's Bioethics Project  Feb 13, 2006

"Biotechnology at the Margins of Personhood: An Evolving Legal Paradigm"   Journal of Evolution and Technology, 13(October)  Oct 10, 2003

"When Pigs Fly? Legal and Ethical Issues in Transgenics and the Creation of Chimeras"   The Physiologist  Oct 7, 2003

"A Legal Perspective on Humanity, Personhood, and Species Boundaries"   American Journal of Bioethics 3.3 (2003) 27-28  Jun 10, 2003

Recent Multimedia

Personhood Beyond the Human: Linda Glenn on Extending the Boundaries Internationally   2014-01-28

Mapping the Brain’s Connectome and Computer Chips in Your Brain   2013-11-21

Futurescape   2013-10-30

Singularity 1 on 1: Sentience Matters!   2012-04-20

Law and Order: BPU (BioPolitical Unit)   2010-02-01

Challenges to the Idea of Human Identity   2007-06-03

First set of IHEU-IEET conference talks online   2007-05-22

Linda Glenn on The Scientist & the Ethicist   2006-10-27


New Humanity+ Board Members! (Nov 21, 2013)

IEET Fellow Linda Glenn Publishes “Nanofood” Essay in Northeastern University Law Journal (Aug 17, 2012)

IEET Fellow Linda Glenn featured in Washington Post (Jul 14, 2012)

New Special Issue of JET Online: Minds and Machines (Dec 11, 2011)

Linda’s Review of Dyson in Nature Biotechnology (Apr 14, 2008)

Linda Glenn joins distinguished ranks in American law organization (May 15, 2007)

IEET Fellow Linda Glenn’s podcasts from Albany (Jul 16, 2006)

Welcome to newest IEET Fellow Linda MacDonald Glenn (Feb 10, 2006)

Past Appearances

Glenn @ Advancing Humanity Symposium (Stanford, CA USA - May 17, 2014)

Vita-More, Glenn, Smart, Pellissier @ TRANSHUMAN VISIONS (San Francisco, CA USA - Mar 01, 2014)

Kuscewski, de Grey, Goertzel, Brin, Pearce, Cascio, Hughes, Glenn, Vita-More, Naam @ H+ SanFran 2012 (San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA USA - Dec 01, 2012)

Linda MacDonald Glenn @ EPS Global Yangzhou International Biomedicine Forum (Shanghai and Yangzhou, China - Apr 14, 2011)

Linda Glenn @  Sixth International Conference on Ethical Issues in Biomedical Engineering (New York, US - Apr 01, 2011)

Call for Papers: Expanding Human Boundaries: Cognitive Enhancement, AI and Mind Machine Mergers (Online - Mar 29, 2011)

Linda Glenn @ From Seed to Stomach: Food and Farming Law (Boston, US - Jan 21, 2011)

Hughes, Glenn, Wallach @ Human Enhancement & Nanotechnology (Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan - Mar 27, 2009)

Rothblatt, Bainbridge & Glenn @ Terasem Colloquium on Transbeman Rights (Virtual - Dec 10, 2007)

Hughes,Glenn @ Nano & Human Enhancement (Dartmouth, NH, USA - Apr 14, 2007)

Linda Glenn on Policy, Ethics & the Future of Human Intelligence (Washington D.C. - Feb 16, 2007)


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