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Nat Rev Genet. 2002 Oct;3(10):808-14.

Human genetic technologies, European governance and the politics of bioethics.

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  • 1University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 6NY, UK.


With human genetic technologies now an important area of European research and development, bioethics is becoming increasingly important in its regulation and future. As regulatory decisions are also statements about who should get what, bioethics cannot avoid political controversy. Can bioethics sustain its claimed role as authoritative adviser to decision makers, or will its attempts to reach a consensus on human genetic technologies be perceived as the actions of an ambitious interest group? What, in short, is its political future in Europe and elsewhere?

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