1. Campaign Against Human Genetic Engineering
press briefing on the
Human Genome Project, June 14, London
In anticipation of an announcement that the human genome has
sequenced, public interest groups in Britain and the U.S. are
to inject political and social perspectives into media coverage.
The London-based Campaign Against Human Genetic Engineering
will convene a panel of experts for a press briefing on June
the excitement about the medical and scientific revolution,
and social issues are being swept under the carpet," says
to the briefing. "Many people are concerned that the HGP
may usher in
new forms of discrimination and ultimately, a return of eugenics."
"Dr. Richard Nicholson, editor of the Bulletin of Medical
will argue that the HGP will not help the vast majority of humanity.
The main determinants of health are social and environmental...
"Dr. Margaret Llewellyn of Sheffield University will examine
commercial incentives behind human genetics research and the
to patent human genes. Does this serve the interests of patients
of science and do we want a small number of companies to control
future of medicine?...
"Agnes Fletcher, of the Royal Association for Disability
tion, will look at the potential eugenic implications of the
knowledge. For the near future the only application of genetic
tion will be in prenatal or pre-implantation genetic testing.
give rise to a new consumer eugenics which attempts to eliminate
"Dr. David King of CAHGE will argue that the proliferation
tests and the proposed UK gene bank poses threats to privacy
lead to genetic discrimination in insurance and employment."
The CAHGE web site is <http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~cahge>.
2. Exploratory Initiative on the New
Human Genetic Technologies on KPFA
Morning Show, June 14, Berkeley, CA
Claire Cummings, KPFA's food and farming editor, will interview
tatives of the Exploratory Initiative on the New Human Genetic
on the KPFA Morning Show between 8:30 and 9:00 am on June 14.
based in Berkeley, CA, broadcasts at 94.1 FM.
3. Technology and Society Committee,
July 18, Mountain View, CA
A forum on the new human genetic technologies will be hosted
Technology and Society Committee (TASC) on Tuesday, July 18,
11:45 am to 1:00 pm. The lunch and forum, open to the public,
place at the Golden Wok Asian restaurant at 895 Villa Street,
downtown Mountain View, CA. Marcy Darnovsky, of the Exploratory
Initiative on the New Human Genetic Technologies, will speak.
TASC is a group of engineers, scientists, computer professionals,
workers in technology-related fields, and other citizens in
Clara Valley, who share a common concern about the social consequences
of technology. TASC seeks to promote a greater public accountability
and responsibility for social impacts of technology and technological