Conference Genetic Science implic.

Monique van Dusseldorp 100443.1705 at CompuServe.COM
Thu Apr 25 03:23:13 EST 1996

21st Century Trust
"The Ethical and Economic Implications of Genetic Science"	
Madingley Hall, Cambridge, 5-13 September 1996

Human genetic science is offering an explosion of information about the future 
of an individual's health and the characteristics of those not yet born, information which is largely couched in terms of probabilities rather than definite prediction.  How can the flow of such complex information be regulated, 
and the public be educated to understand its implications, so that decisions 
taken as a consequence may be well-grounded?  And how will the limits to freedom of choice, if any, be determined in already controversial areas such as 
selective abortion and selective implantation of embryos?   

There is widespread concern over what has been labelled a re-emerging eugenics: is that concern realistic or exaggerated?  The commercial possibilities of genetic science are immense.  The implications with regard to insurance and health-care provision, for instance, must be considered.  And with regard to patenting, is human genetic information to be treated as just another brand of intellectual property?  

Genetic science is already revolutionising agriculture as well. Will this bring benefits to small farmers in the developing world through diversified crops and improved yields, or will hi-tech application of the science and restrictive use of patents shift the economic balance yet further towards the North?

The Cambridge conference will deal with the above questions. 
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See attached for detailed descriptions of conference themes.

(Note:  The age range for these and future conferences is 25-40.  We have a 
"holding list" for those not yet 25 and will send programmes at the appropriate 
time.  If you are interested, please give a permanent address.)  

Please tick as appropriate:

1.	"The European Union: model of political evolution or faltering 
experiment?", Klingenthal Castle, near Strasbourg, France, 7-14 June 1996	

2.	"The Ethical and Economic Implications of Genetic Science", Madingley 
Hall, Cambridge, UK, 
	5-13 September 1996	      

3.	"The West and Islam: myths and realities", Cairo, Egypt, Dates to be 

I am unable to attend any of the above conferences this year, but would be 
interested in receiving the 1997 programme	      


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To: John Lotherington, 21st Century Trust  10 Storey's Gate, London SW1P 3AY, UK
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I should like to nominate the following person for consideration as a 21st 
Century Trust Fellow.

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Monique van Dusseldorp
European Institute for the Media
Kaistrasse 13, 40221 Duesseldorf, Germany
tel +49 211 9010 479 / fax +49 211 9010 456

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