Focus: Brussels – The union gets interested in ethics

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1849
  1. Rory Watson

    Scientific advances and the complexity of modern legislation are forcing the European Union to enter the unfamiliar territory of ethics.

    Two unrelated developments are largely behind the change in attitude. The first is the progress made in animal cloning–in particular, the arrival of the world's most famous sheep, Dolly, at the Roslin Institute in Scotland earlier this year. The second is the attempt to establish pan-European legislation to ensure patent protection for biotechnological inventions.

    Animal cloning, with its implications for humans, has convinced many union leaders of the need to establish clear rules that would …

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