Genetics and behaviour - Chapter downloads

You can download the individual chapters of this report using the links below. (All files are PDFs and less than 1.6MB).

Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Historical context

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Genetics and behaviour - Terms of reference

1 To define and consider ethical, social and legal issues arising from the study of the genetics of variation within the normal range of behavioural characteristics.[1]

2 To survey the current field of research, in particular, to review:

(a) the evidence for the relative importance of genetic influences;

(b) the basis for characterisation and measurement of behaviour;

(c) the relationship between normal variation in behaviour and disease processes.

3 To consider potential applications of the research.

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New report tackles controversial research into genes and behaviour

Embryos should not be selected for behavioural traits such as intelligence on the basis of genetic information, according to a Report published today (2 October) by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The report, Genetics and human behaviour: the ethical context, looks at ethical, legal and social issues that are raised by research into behavioural genetics.

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Views sought on the ethical implications of research in behavioural genetics

Current research in the field of behavioural genetics is attempting to identify links between genes and human behavioural traits such as aggression, antisocial behaviour, alcoholism, homosexuality and intelligence. This area of research is proceeding at a rapid pace, and the latest findings are frequently highlighted in the media.

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Launch of inquiry: Genetics and human behaviour

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics announced today a major new inquiry into the ethics of research into genetics and human behaviour. The Working Party will seek the public's views in a consultation commencing in March 2001.

Its terms of reference are:

1. To define and consider ethical, social and legal issues arising from the study of the genetics of variation within the normal range of behavioural characteristics.

2. To survey the current field of research, in particular, to review:

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