Soren Holm

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Soren Holm is a prominent bioethicist and philosopher of medicine. He holds a chair in bioethics at the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, part of the School of Law at the University of Manchester in Great Britain and the University of Oslo. He also serves as editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics. Holm holds a masters degree in health care ethics from the University of Manchester and two doctoral degrees in medical ethics from the University of Copenhagen. He is currently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and is a member of the Council’s Working Party on Emerging biotechnologies (report to be published autumn 2012).[1]

Holm and John Harris co-authored a seminal paper in Nature that challenged the value of the precautionary principle in modern scientific research.[2]


  • Analogical Reasoning in Handling Emerging Technologies: The Case of Umbilical Cord Blood Biobanking, Hofmann B, Solbakk JH and Holm S, The American Journal of Bioethics, 6 (6) (2006) 49-57
  • Embryonic stem cell research and the moral status of human embryos, Holm S, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 10 (Sup 1) (2005) 63-67
  • Informed Consent and the Bio-banking of Material from Children, Holm S, Genomics, Society and Policy, 1 (1) (2005) 16-26
  • Like a Frog in Boiling Water: The Public, The HFEA and Sex Selection, Holm S, Health Care Analysis, 12 (1) (2004) 27-39 ISSN 1065-3058
  • Medical Aid in Disaster Relief, Holm S, Principles of Health Care Ethics, 2 ed. (Editors RE Ashcroft, A Dawson, H Draper, JR McMillan), Wiley, Chichester (2007), 671-677 ISBN 978-0-470-02713-4
  • Conducting Research in the Alzheimer Disease Population: Balancing Individual, Group, Family and Societal Interests,Holm S, Ethical Foundations of Palliative Care for Alzheimer Disease (Editors Purtillo, Ruth & ten Have, Henk AMJ), The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore (2004), 320-329


  1. ^ Nuffield Council on Bioethics official website-Emerging biotechnologies
  2. ^ Precautionary principle stifles discovery, Soren Holm and John Harris, Nature, 29 July 1999

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