We want to thank the over 250 of you who responded to our last-minute
request to sign the Open Letter on human germline genetic engineering,
which was distributed at the Symposium on Science, Ethics and
held at the Asilomar Conference Center on February 15-17. As
you know, sixty-seven noted biologists, scholars, lawyers, government
officials and others gathered at this invitation-only event
the experience of genetic engineering regulation in the US ,
consider its future prospects.
The signators to the Open Letter are extraordinarily diverse.
include scientists, physicians, public health experts, disabled
rights activists, environmentalists, African-American, Latino-
American and Native-American activists, women's health leaders,
artists, high school teachers, religious leaders, attorneys,
students and others. They come from North America, Europe, Africa,
Latin America, Asia and Australia. We believe that the Open
successfully demonstrated that any attempts to move humanity
a slippery slope towards a techno-eugenic future will arouse
The text of the Open Letter is attached at the end of this
We can email you a text-file containing the letter as distributed,
including the signators, or we can send you a hard copy of the
itself. Let us know if you would like either or both of these.
would like a hard copy be sure to include your postal address.
A brief report on the Symposium at Asilomar follows. It highlights
those aspects that concern the politics of germline engineering.
Symposium agenda is shown following these comments.
An official report is being prepared by Prof. Alexander M.
the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at the University
Southern California, which sponsored the Symposium. Contact
<[email protected]> to find out how to get a copy.
Press accounts of the Symposium appeared in the Los Angeles
(2/19/00, page A3: "Gene Therapy Testing on People is Called
Risky"), the San Jose Mercury-News
USA Today <http://www.usatoday.com/life/health/genetics/therapy/lhgth024.htm>.
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