2006 supplement

The Council published a supplement to its 1993 report on genetic screening in 2006. The supplement aims to provide an update on developments in science and policy in the field of genetics as they relate to genetic screening.

The paper was prepared under the guidance of small Working Group. The group considered whether developments in genetics raised ethical issues relating to genetic screening which merited further study. It concluded that the ethical principles identified in the 1993 report remained relevant for guiding current research and practice and that therefore the commissioning of a new Working Party would be premature.

Nevertheless, the Council decided to publish the review with the aim of bringing the original report up to date by taking account of the changing context.

Download Genetic Screening: a Supplement to the 1993 Report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Members of the Working Group

(Positions held correct at 2006)

Professor Elizabeth Anionwu

Member of the Working Party on Genetic Screening (1993)
Professor of Nursing, Head of Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice, Thames Valley University

Professor Martin Bobrow

Head of Department of Medical Genetics, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge

Professor Neva Haites

Professor in Medical Genetics and Associate Dean (Clinical), University of Aberdeen

Professor Peter Harper

Member of Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Member of the Working Party on Genetic Screening (1993) University Research Professor in Human Genetics, Cardiff University

David Shapiro

Former Executive Secretary of Nuffield Council on Bioethics

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