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,
event for the ongoing campaign to make human germline engineering
"acceptable" to the American public. Stock and Campbell
new website, <http://research.mednet.ucla.edu/pmts/germline>,
a new book, Engineering the Human Germline: An Exploration of
Science and Ethics of Altering the Genes We Pass to Our Children
(Oxford University Press). We will be reviewing the book in
coming issue of this newsletter.
2. American Association for the Advancement
Recommendations on Human Germline Genetic Engineering
On Monday, February 21, the American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) presented its "preliminary unofficial
concerning germline engineering at a public symposium at the
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
that any successful application of germline engineering would
address before it is approved, they appeared to give the green
to the concept of germline engineering, and in particular appeared
to reject a ban on germline engineering along the lines of the
approved by the Council of Europe.
We understand that the finalized set of recommendations should
available in early March, and intend to include them in the
issue of this newsletter, with commentary.