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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1996 APPLICATION FORM
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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
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Monique van Dusseldorp
European Institute for the Media
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