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Regulation and Human Genomics

Speaker: Dr Oliver James, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
: 10 June 2003
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Venue: CARR Seminar Room, H615


This seminar assesses the framework for providing UK Government with advice about human genomics, particularly advice about regulation. There are a range of bodies involved in this activity but the seminar focuses on the operation of the Human Genetics Commission (HGC) which was established in 1999 as the UK Government's advisory body on how new developments in human genomics will impact on people and health care, in particular the social and ethical issues raised by these developments.

The HGC contains a number of innovations in response to controversy about advisory systems, particularly in the light of controversy over food safety. The seminar focuses on these innovations in the HGC's current work producing advice about the regulation of human reproductive genomics.