MPs seek to control medical geneticsBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.216 (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:216
- JOHN WARDEN
The British parliament's latest attempt to keep pace with advances in human genetics has led to a recommendation for a statutory commission with powers to regulate the medical uses of genetics. The proposal is contained in a report this week from the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee and pre-empts the more cautious government plan for a non-statutory advisory body.
An eight month inquiry by the select committee admits to being prompted by the public fascination for genetics and DNA as reflected in science programmes, block-buster movies, soap operas, and courtroom …