DNA Technology: A Critical European Perspective


Advances in DNA research and knowledge raise profound questions about the application of this technology to humans and the decision‐making processes that are needed to govern its use.

Keywords: eugenics; therapeutic cloning; human spare parts; genetic underclass; patenting life forms


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Further Reading

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (14 November 2000) Opinion 15.

European Parliament (7 September 2000) Resolution B5‐0710 on human cloning.

European Union Directive 98/44/EC, (1998).

Kneen B, et al. Drawing the Line, Ethics of Biotechnology, occasional paper no. 5 for the Ecumenical Association for Church and Society, Brussels.

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Tokar B (ed.) Redesigning Life Zed.

Web Links

The Danish Council of Ethics Website http://www.etiskraad.dk

European Group on Ethics in Science and Technologies Website http://europa.eu.int/comm/european_group_ethics/index_en.htm

Nuffield Council on Bioethics Website http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/bioethics/

Journal of Medical Ethics Website http://jme.bmjjournals.com/

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Emmott, Steve(Sep 2006) DNA Technology: A Critical European Perspective. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005607]