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International Conference: Within and Beyond the Limits to Human Nature: The Challenge of the New Human Genetic Technologies

A CGS Special Report
Genetic Crossroads
November 24th, 2003

On October 12-15, some 90 participants from 70 organizations and 30 countries gathered for three days in Berlin, Germany to discuss what it will take to build an international movement to bring the new human genetic technologies under social control.

Participants included global health equity activists, feminist and women's health leaders, disability rights advocates, leaders from developing country NGO's, environmentalists, religious social justice activists, policy experts, philosophers, authors and others. To our knowledge this was the first major international conference of its kind.

The CGS Special Report includes:

constituencies and organizations represented and the issues addressed at the conference

the challenges facing the development of a progressive politics around human genetic technology concerns

questions about how best to frame the issues

next steps

For the full Special Report on the conference, see

For the text of the plenary presentation by CGS associate director Marcy Darnovsky, see


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