The last two months were extremely busy here, with conference presentations in Inuyama on gene therapy, Toyama on genetic engineering and extreme environments, the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee Third Meeting in Paris (see Revised Declaration in this issue and the Bioethics and Population Genetics Report is also available at the World Wide Web site).
Then we went to the VIII Congress of the Asian Pacific Division of the International Society of Haematology, in Brisbane, Australia, talking about gene therapy, which also had several interesting sessions on ethical issues of blood banking and tissue ownership, and a brief time in New Zealand. Then the Japan Association of Bioethics annual conference, with a Japanese presentation, and to Beijing for the founding of the East Asian Association for Bioethics (see the program , constitution and closing remarks). For the further cross-cultural debate it was a most interesting conference, extending the Fukui series of meetings. I have included abstracts from the Journal of Chinese Medical Ethics in this issue, to give a taste of the depth of research and the types of topics current in Chinese bioethics. We look forward to increased interchange from the East to West (other journals generally provide the flow in the other direction).
1995 saw the introduction of EJAIB, doubling the length of EEI Newsletter. Mid-1995 saw the full introduction of an electronic bioethics journal, and I hope that people continue to subscribe and support EJAIB. It is open to all the world on the Internet, and many are using it already. The enclosed Renewal Form should be returned to New Zealand, except for those in Japan. If you decide Internet serves your needs, we would still like to hear from you!
This issue also includes papers on genetics by Salvi, and Leavitt, and some reference to Turkish regulation by Arda, and on teaching ethics by drama by Ors, Hare and Leavitt.
At least two new reports/books are in the production line, both for English and Japanese versions, as indicated on the renewal form. A full contents list and prices will appear in the next issue:
Bioethics in high schools in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Macer, D.R.J., Asada, Y., Akiyama, S., Macer, N.Y. & Tsuzuki, M.
Protection of the Human Genome and Scientific Responsibility. Proceedings of 1995 MURS-Japan / UNESCO IBC Workshops.
Editors: Michio Okamoto, Norio Fujiki & Darryl Macer
Both of these books will also be on the Internet, to add to the existing books that are already on-line. All papers and news from EEIN and EJAIB (1991-1995) are on-line. A further conference proceedings will also appear in early 1996, based on a forthcoming conference all are welcome to attend in Tsukuba, 11-14 Dec, 1995, "UNESCO - Tsukuba University International Seminar on Traditional Technology for Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Asian-Pacific Region".
Looking forward to hearing from you in 1996. Hope to see you at one of the conferences listed on the back, maybe in Luneburg in March, or San Francisco in November, or in Christchurch or Tsukuba...