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Genetics and the future of Europe

The Life Sciences High Level Group...

Over the past decades the life sciences have made tremendous strides, with major potential benefits for human health, the environment, and European industry. The almost complete sequencing of the human genome is an example of this. At the same time, applications of the new knowledge raise ethical and safety concerns among the public and policy-makers that must be addressed.

The Life Sciences High Level Group (LSHLG) was established in April 2000 by the Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin to meet his need for high-level advice on the life sciences and technologies. One of the group's tasks is to inform the Research Commissioner on the current situation in this field and on imminent or foreseeable developments. Another duty is to contribute to the organisation and animation of a Life Sciences Discussion Platform, enabling scientists to engage in debate with the various 'stakeholders' interested in the beneficial application and dissemination of the new knowledge. The conference, Genetics and the Future of Europe, is the first initiative in this context.

...and its Members

Supported by a secretariat in the Research Directorate-General, the Life Sciences Group numbers 11 members, chosen for their eminence in the life sciences and related applications, their public standing and credibility, and their ability to share their knowledge with non-experts. Here is a brief presentation of the LSHLG members.

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