- Darryl Macer, Ph.D.
Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba Science City, 305, JAPAN
Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter 2 (1992), 71.
I am also asked about Tsukuba. Tsukuba Science City is situated 60km north east of Tokyo, and building began less than 30 years ago and the population of 173,000 is still growing, towards a projected total of about 220,000 in the future. It has an area of 28,560ha, and includes 47 government-run research and educational facilities, including the University of Tsukuba. About half the total Japanese budget for government research institutes is invested in Tsukuba, and more are still being built here. In additional many Japanese and foreign companies have large research facilities in Tsukuba. Therefore it is an interesting place to be, and in the midst of many scientists offers the opportunity to introduce bioethical concerns here. At the university I teach bioethics and biology, also some general bioethics lectures are included among basic biology classes.
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Genetic Testing and Screening Survey
March of Dimes released results of a 1992 US survey of genetic testing, privacy and screening issues. In general results are similar to the 1986 OTA survey, for details contact: Mark Roithmayr, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, 1275 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605, USA. Support for personal use of gene therapy has decreased somewhat since 1986, though 90% support gene therapy research. 98% said spouses had a right to be informed of genetic disease, while 58% thought insurance companies also had a right to such information. More in the next issue of the newsletter.