MadSci Network: Genetics

Re: Are there any aspects of genetic engineering that are publicly controlled?

Date: Fri Feb 8 08:27:34 2002
Posted By: Yvonne A. Simpson, Grad student, Pathology, Edinburgh University
Area of science: Genetics
ID: 1013099466.Ge

Hi there, 
When it comes to genetics the government (in the UK) makes the rules on the 
basis of advice given to them by the Human Genetics Commission.  The Human 
Genetics Commission website is:

Panels of members of the public are sometimes set up to discuss issues and 
their opinions feed back to the HGS.  The Royal Society In Scotland also 
arranges events for young people to debate issues and their opinions are 
passed on to members of parliament.  See: and 
perhaps contact the Human Genetics 
Commission directly to ask for further information.  I can only tell you 
how the British system works.  There are many regulatory bodies and 
experiments conducted in laboratories etc. must be approved by them.  I 
have studiesd the legal side of things and the booklet I have is 
available online - go to:

It will tell you the roles of the regulatory bodies in Great Britain. 

I hope this is of some help to you. 

best wishes, 

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