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The Biomedical and Health Research Programme (BIOMED) or the European Commission is stimulating international multidisciplinary co-operation between Member States in order to improve the efficiency of medical and health research in Europe.
Since the early 1990s the work programme of BIOMED has, besides purely scientific or medical issues, also included research on the legal, ethical and social aspects of biomedicine.
Research on biomedical ethics is aimed at identifying general standards for the respect of human dignity and protection of the individual in the context of biomedical research and its clinical applications.
The publication in February 1997 or a successful animal cloning by nuclear transfer with the birth of the well known sheep"Dolly" raized many ethical concerns, in particular concerning the potential human implications.
These questions have been actively debated, at national as well as at international level, among scientists , politicians and the public at large.
In November 19997, Dr Francoize Shenfield organized at the Royal Society a workshop on the "Societal, Medical and Ethical implications of Cloning" involving scientists, philosophers and lawyers in order to set up a synthesis of all the scientific and ethical arguments developed in the numerous discussions and declarations which took place in the months following the birth of Dolly.
Dr Francoize Shenfield edited the proceedings of the meeting, which will constitute a useful reference document for professionals or lay people interested in the issue of cloning.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18180 EN (1998) 167pp.
Availability: Available from OOPEC Sales agents
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-5234-2
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