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MPs to seek new controls on genetics

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6989.1224a (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1224

This week of the 50th anniversary of victory in Europe recalls how in the darkest days of the war the British parliament calmly discussed and planned the details of post-war reconstruction, including a national health service. The ability of parliament to turn its mind to other issues whatever the current distraction is still alive and well.

How else to explain how the topic of human genetics is receiving the attention of parliament in these fevered political times? It hardly ranks with jobs, crimes, taxes, or lost votes among the top issues of the opinion polls. Today's equivalent of the wartime think tanks is that a select committee of MPs are into genetics as deeply as they are into politics. Six months ago the 11 MPs on the cross party …

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