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The European Group on Ethics (EGE) is an independent, pluralist and multidisciplinary body that advises the European Commission on the ethical aspects of science and new technologies in connection with the preparation and implementation of Community legislation or policies. The Group is composed of fifteen independent experts appointed by the Commission for their expertise and personal qualities.
It was set up by the Commission in December 1997 to succeed the Group of Advisers on the Ethical Implications of Biotechnologies (GAEIB 1991-1997). During its first term (1998-2000) the EGE provided Opinions on subjects as diverse as human tissue banking, human embryo research, personal health data in the information society, doping in sport and human stem cell research.
In April 2001 the Commission appointed twelve members for the period 2001-2004. During its second term, the Group published Opinions on the ethical aspects of patenting inventions involving human stem cells, clinical research in developing countries, genetic testing in the workplace, and umbilical cord blood banking.

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Authors: No author stated, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies to the European Commission, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008. 123 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KA-81-08-326-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-09414-9
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