Editorial: 50th issue - After TRT8

- Darryl R.J. Macer, Ph.D.
Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Tsukuba,
Tsukuba Science City, 305-8572, JAPAN

Email: asianbioethics@yahoo.co.nz

Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics 13 (2003), 37.

This is the 50th issue of EJAIB, and at 40 pages it continues the recent trend of extended issues attempting to give a chance for more papers from a range of cultures to be published in bioethics. Although this is the official journal of the Asian Bioethics Association (ABA), there have always been a range of publications from other parts of the world, and authors in developing countries are especially encouraged to submit papers. In this issue we have papers discussing the concept of autonomy, and also how globalization affects the rural poor.
This issue includes a number of papers on mental mapping project as it enters its second phase. A web site is now established and an Email list serve is being set up to enable progress on the project. An initial list of members of the project shows the global dimensions and multidisciplinary nature of the project. Many more are welcome to join.
There are also papers on genetics and assisted reproduction, themes which are also associated with the journal since the beginning in 1990 with the publication of the book Shaping Genes. There is also a project initiated by Masahiro Morioka to look at the origins of bioethics in different cultures, with the first response to that call from Israel.
Thanks for the contributors to EJAIB in this issue, and to those who have paid their dues for 2003 for EJAIB (which is inside the ABA membership). The ABA list reveals most members have not paid their dues, so please respond you're your fees or exemption. We are trying to update lists of many members so we still acknowledge those who are not on the list, but request that you respond again to confirm.
Thanks for the active participation at TRT8, which saw over 100 persons from over 20 countries join together for interactive bioethics debate.
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