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Recommendation of the Council of Europe on Xenotransplantation
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Recommendation of the Council of Europe on Xenotransplantation

The shortage of organs and tissues of human origin available for transplantation has led to studies examining alternative experimental solutions, such as xenotransplantation. Xenotransplantation is any procedure that involves the transplantation, implantation or infusion of living cells, tissues or organs from a nonhuman animal source into a human recipient. Such solutions raise ethical issues and considerable risks in the field of public health and the transmission of diseases. Taking into account the risks which might arise from xenotransplantation, the Committee of…

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UNESCO International Declaration on Human Genetic Data
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UNESCO International Declaration on Human Genetic Data

Genetic research, in particular the sequencing of the human genome, has opened the way for far-reaching medical research and biomedical applications. Genetic data can be used for medical diagnosis, disease prevention and population genetics studies. As each person’s genetic heritage is unique, forensic science and the judicial system also use them for identification purposes. The number of genetic databanks is rising, with some containing more than a million records. Some are maintained at a national level and contain samples from…

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Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine
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Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine

The following document is the Oviedo contract, which was legislated back in 1997 and was innovative on the field of bioethics. Today, 20 years after its entry into force, there are still many states, who have yet not signed it, such us Germany, the UK etc. See the document here.

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