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Genetic Engineering and Ethics in Germany

WithGERMANY Ulla Wessels

The expression ‘genetic engineering’ refers to all procedures dealing with the artificial recombination of genetic material.

Here are some examples of the activities in question: in the field of environmental protection, the construction of micro-organisms capable of dismantling harmful materials; in the field of nutritional and agricultural sciences, the development of new strains of grains and domestic animals; and in the field of human medicine, efforts to develop genetic therapies and to produce gene-based medicaments, diagnostic aids and vaccines.