1. Council for Responsible Genetics Rejects
CRG has issued a "Statement on Embryo Research" calling
for bans on
certain experimental manipulations of and commercialization
eggs and embryos. Among the technologies it opposes are embryo
and any production of human embryos solely for purposes of research.
The statement begins, "The Council for Responsible Genetics
supports a woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions.
because of the potential for eugenic applications and health
women and their offspring, we oppose the utilization of human
embryos for experimental manipulations and as items of commerce."
complete statement is available at <www.gene-watch.org>.
2. Demonstration Against Human Cloning
at G8 Meeting
About 200 people demonstrated against human cloning at a June
of the G8 science ministers in Montmagny, Quebec. The protesters
for an immediate end to all research on human embryos and cloning.
representative of Greenpeace Canada and another protester gave
of demands to Gilbert Normand, Canada's Secretary of State for
Research and Development.
3. NGOs Oppose Human Cloning and Genetic
Modification at World Health
A coalition of non-governmental organizations presented a statement
human genetics to the governments and NGO delegates at the May
of the World Health Association in Geneva. The statement, endorsed
dozens of NGOs and individuals, asked that WHA take the lead,
partnership with civil society, in addressing the critical dangers
posed by proposals to begin human cloning and the modification
genes we pass to our children.
The statement was prepared in collaboration by representatives
Exploratory Initiative on the New Human Genetic Technologies,
Genetics Alert, the Blueridge Institute, Institute for Agriculture
Trade Policy, and Rural Advancement Federation International.
Contact the Exploratory Initiative, <[email protected]>.