Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter 1 (1991), Editorials - Darryl Macer.

Letter of Explanation and Invitation

Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter 1 (1991), 1.


This is the first edition of this newsletter, and I hope that it is of help to researchers working in the fields of science, bioethics, law, and anyone who wishes to keep up-to-date with new developments in genetic technology. The knowledge and technology is rapidly advancing, and it is important for people who work in these fields to know what is happening. It is also important to be aware of the current information and debates. Often when issues are discussed at conferences the information is somewhat outdated, and people are unaware of the new developments in technology and the laws that regulate them. Some of this information is available in the printed press, but scattered among different journals. This newsletter attempts to bring this to people with a small time lag after publication. It is also hoped that these issues may be able to be discussed by letter exchanges, and by the submission of comments, which is lacking in this first issue. To function, more information is needed, and this interchange of ideas and comment should occur. You are invited to join this data-sharing project by contribution in order that it may aid us all (see backpage).

The comments written in text form together with recent references. The references are generally presented with titles when they are more substantial reports, but to save space many shorter references are given in abbreviated form. This list commences with references that were not included in the book Shaping Genes, and will continue in similar fashion in the next issue. It is hoped that longer comments and discussion may follow in the following issues, and the length will be increased as more material is submitted and available.

Your assistance is required, so that we can improve the information that we all receive, and keep more informed of developments around the world in this multidisciplinary field.


Call for contributions

Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter 1 (1991), 15.

This is the second edition of this newsletter, and the call for contributions made in the first newsletter are repeated. To be most effective, as much information as possible should be included, more information is needed, and this interchange of ideas and comment should occur. You are invited to join this data-sharing project by contribution in order that it may aid us all.

An exchange of information is desirable, and if you have anything to contribute, especially summaries of news found in your own country, and especially in languages different to English, please send reports. It is easiest if you prepare a typed note that is suitable for photocopying directly (including your name and correspondence address).

Darryl Macer


Environmental Fines - A Comment!

Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter 1 (1991), 43.

In several countries there are new systems which tax polluters, for production of carbon dioxide, for example Switzerland and Sweden. The US EPA has decided that companies that produce too much sulfur dioxide will be fined, but that companies can trade there emission gases release quota with each other. This is meant to lower the cost, of the total switch to reducing sulfur dioxide emissions (a major cause of acid rain); Nature 351: 337.

Do we have a right to pollute? I have been thinking over this year whether people have a right to do anything which causes pollution, and how to control this.


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