The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969 to explore fundamental and emerging questions in health care, biotechnology, and the environment. The Center's research projects are diverse; recent topics range from genetic paternity testing to newborn screening to palliative care. The work is carried out by interdisciplinary teams that frame and examine issues that inform professional practice, public conversation, and social policy.
The Hastings Center Report and IRB: Ethics & Human Research bring the best scholarship and commentary in bioethics to members and other readers worldwide. The Morison Library serves as a resource for Center research associates, fellows, visiting scholars, and others. The Center’s staffs write and speak on a variety of topics, serve as consultants, and assist members of the press.