Human Genome DeclarationOn July 28, 1997, an intergovernmental committee adopted a Draft Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Designed to protect humanity from abuses made possible by genetic science while remaining open to medical research, the declaration can be viewed on the Web (url no longer available). See also UNESCO Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, December 1996.
The draft declaration and guidelines on genetic research and practices, which took more than 50 experts and 4 years to prepare, was expected to be submitted for adoption at the UNESCO general conference in the fall of 1997.
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