Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Defines Priority Actions to Address Developments in Human Genetics

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Defines Priority Actions to Address Developments in Human Genetics

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The World Health Organization recently defined priority actions that it would like to implement in the area of human genetics. At a meeting held on 20-21 July 2000 in Geneva, invited experts and WHO representatives met to discuss the role of the Organization in addressing ethical issues, legal and educational implications of new developments in research, and disparities for developing countries in access to the new technologies of human genetics.

The delegates acknowledged that many individuals, groups and nations have urgent concerns about the use and exploitation of genetic data and genome technology, but also noted concerns that non-genetic determinants of health should not be neglected in attempts to address these problems. WHO has produced several detailed guidelines outlining the ethical issues, but now wants to set priority targets for future work.

One area of particular importance is to ensure the availability of genomic and bioinformatics resources for all countries and, in particular, to provide a mechanism for involving developing countries in the decision-making processes. …

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