Published: 20/06/2002, Volume II2, No.5810 Page 8

Pressure group Human Genetics Alert has published its first major briefing paper examining 'the key ethical and social issues raised by human genetics research'. It includes an assessment of the potential of genetics to provide cures for diseases.The group was set up in 1999 by a group of human rights activists and academics who are concerned that scientific and commercial developments are rushing ahead faster than our ability to deal with their ethical and social consequences.

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