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European experts produce draft on bioethics

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6949.221 (Published 23 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:221
  1. T Sheldon

    A group of European experts has produced a draft convention on bioethics in an attempt to ensure that the benefits of science are not achieved at the expense of patients' rights. The Steering Committee on bioethics set up by the Council of Europe covers ethical issues ranging from those surrounding predictive tests for genetic diseases and intervention in human genes to the circumstances in which a doctor can disregard a psychiatric patient's refusal to give consent. This latest draft comes after more than two years of deliberations.

    For in vitro research on human embryos the draft …

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