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US calls in UK advisers on handling thorny issue of genetics

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:924
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    The United States, faced with dealing with the ethical and social issues implicit in the new biotechnologies—embryo research, human cloning, stem cell research, the use of genetic information, and sex selection—has turned to Britain's experience in an attempt to resolve these contentious issues.

    The US President's Council on Bioethics last week heard from two British experts on how the United Kingdom went about tackling such issues.

    Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, chairwoman of the Human Genetics Commission, which advises the UK government on these issues, and Suzi Leather, chairwoman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which licenses and regulates research in embryonic cells, reviewed for the council the work of the two …

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