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Europe cautious over genetics trials

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:213

Clinical experiments aimed at making genetic changes inheritable should be banned, the European Union has been advised. The advice comes from an independent group examining the ethical implications of biotechnology. After spending 15 months examining the highly complex issues raised by biotechnological advances the group concluded:

“Because of the important controversial and unprecedented questions raised by germline therapy, and considering the actual state of the art, germline gene therapy on humans is not at the …

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