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Genetic Crossroads
March 31st, 2005

Indian State to Pay Families to Have Girl: "A southern Indian state is offering to pay $2,300 to encourage families to have a single girl, part of an effort to reverse a dramatic drop in the number of female babies being born."

Panel Recommends Gene Therapy Limits: "Following a setback in gene therapy experiments in France, US health advisers are recommending the treatment be given only to children who have no other alternatives."

US Denies Patent for a Too-Human Hybrid: The US Patent Office rejected a request by Stuart Newman and Jeremy Rifkin for a patent on a human-mouse hybrid.

UN debates abortion of disabled foetuses: "U.N. diplomats drafting an international treaty on the rights of the disabled debated a possible ban on the abortion of foetuses with disabilities in an emotional negotiating session that ended on Friday."


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