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April 19, 1994

Experts To Discuss Ethics of Gene Research

The ethical implications of the human genome project will be the subject of a presentation at the Library of Congress on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Mumford Room of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. The event is open to the public and no tickets are required. The event is co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Patricia King, professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center, will serve as chair for the discussions. In the early 1980s, Ms. King was a member of the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research. She has written and lectured widely on the topic.

Modern scientific methods have made possible the dream of mapping the entire genetic map of the individual by the year 2000. Dr. Eric S. Lander, Director of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, will discuss "The Human Genome Revolution: Where is it Taking Us?"

The Genome Project raises fears that the release of genetic information will generate new forms of discrimination. Dr. Philip Stuart Kitcher, Presidential Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, will discuss "The Immediate Impact of the Human Genome Project: the Promises of Genetic Testing and the Dangers of Genetic Discrimination."

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PR 94-066
ISSN 0731-3527

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