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Genetic Crossroads
June 21st, 2001


1. Council for Responsible Genetics Rejects
Embryo Manipulation


CRG has issued a "Statement on Embryo Research" calling
for bans on

certain experimental manipulations of and commercialization
of human

eggs and embryos. Among the technologies it opposes are embryo
cloning

and any production of human embryos solely for purposes of research.


The statement begins, "The Council for Responsible Genetics
unequivocally

supports a woman's right to make her own reproductive decisions.
However,

because of the potential for eugenic applications and health
risks to

women and their offspring, we oppose the utilization of human
eggs and

embryos for experimental manipulations and as items of commerce."
The

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
2 meeting

of the G8 science ministers in Montmagny, Quebec. The protesters
called

for an immediate end to all research on human embryos and cloning.
A

representative of Greenpeace Canada and another protester gave
a list

of demands to Gilbert Normand, Canada's Secretary of State for
Science,

Research and Development.


<http://cbc.ca/cgi-bin/templates/view.cgi?/news/2001/06/02/cloning_010602>



3. NGOs Oppose Human Cloning and Genetic
Modification at World Health

Assembly


A coalition of non-governmental organizations presented a statement
on

human genetics to the governments and NGO delegates at the May
meeting

of the World Health Association in Geneva. The statement, endorsed
by

dozens of NGOs and individuals, asked that WHA take the lead,
in

partnership with civil society, in addressing the critical dangers

posed by proposals to begin human cloning and the modification
of the

genes we pass to our children.


The statement was prepared in collaboration by representatives
of the

Exploratory Initiative on the New Human Genetic Technologies,
Human

Genetics Alert, the Blueridge Institute, Institute for Agriculture
and

Trade Policy, and Rural Advancement Federation International.
More info:

Contact the Exploratory Initiative, <[email protected]>.






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