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CONTENTS Issue #178
Genes and behaviour: getting the message across
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Genes and behaviour: getting the message across
7 October 2002 - by Juliet Tizzard
This week saw the publication of a new and much anticipated report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on the ethical issues arising from research into behavioural genetics. The report, entitled 'Genetics and human behaviour: the ethical context', is a weighty publication, the result of 18 months of fact finding... [Read More]
Reagan lobbies for therapeutic cloning
7 October 2002 - by BioNews
Nancy Reagan, former first lady of the US, has been lobbying for a change in President Bush's policy on research into human embryo stem cells. The 81-year-old wife of former president Ronald Reagan has been 'obliquely but persistently campaigning' for federal funding of embryo stem cell research, according to... [Read More]
Ethics council rules on genes and behaviour
7 October 2002 - by BioNews
The UK's Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a report on the ethical, legal and social issues that are raised by behavioural genetics research. The report is called 'Genetics and human behaviour: the ethical context'. One recommendation that the Council highlights is that it should not be permissible to use... [Read More]
Blow to gene therapy trials
7 October 2002 - by BioNews
Gene therapy trials taking place in France and the US were suspended last week after a boy being treated at the Paris Necker Hospital developed leukaemia-like symptoms following treatment. French public health officials ordered a halt to the trials while they undertook an investigation and the decision was quickly mirrored... [Read More]
EU compromise in ES cell funding
7 October 2002 - by BioNews
European Union (EU) politicians have agreed a compromise on funding research on embryonic stem (ES) cells. The decision will mean that EU funds can be given over to existing projects, but funding for any new ES cell research will be subject to a moratorium for at least one year. The... [Read More]

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