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NEWS AND POINTERS REGARDING TECHNO-EUGENICS

Genetic Crossroads
February 28th, 2000

1. New book and website from Gregory
Stock and John Campbell


Gregory Stock and John Campbell are the organizers of the 1998

"Engineering the Human Germline" conference at UCLA,
the kick-off

event for the ongoing campaign to make human germline engineering

"acceptable" to the American public. Stock and Campbell
have a

new website, <http://research.mednet.ucla.edu/pmts/germline>,
and

a new book, Engineering the Human Germline: An Exploration of
the

Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children


(Oxford University Press). We will be reviewing the book in
a

coming issue of this newsletter.



2. American Association for the Advancement
of Science:

Recommendations on Human Germline Genetic Engineering


On Monday, February 21, the American Association for the Advancement


of Science (AAAS) presented its "preliminary unofficial
recommendations"

concerning germline engineering at a public symposium at the
AAAS

annual meeting in Washington DC. The committees preparing the


recommendations are dominated by scientists and others who are


sympathetic to germline engineering.


Although the preliminary recommendations acknowledged many
problems

that any successful application of germline engineering would
need to

address before it is approved, they appeared to give the green
light

to the concept of germline engineering, and in particular appeared


to reject a ban on germline engineering along the lines of the
ban

approved by the Council of Europe.


We understand that the finalized set of recommendations should
be

available in early March, and intend to include them in the
next

issue of this newsletter, with commentary.



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