NZORD Newsletter 2004 #2 - 2 March 2004

Hello everyone,

In this issue:
1 - genETHICS competition for secondary schools.
2 - Bioethics Council public consultation on transgenics.
3 - NZORD Conference, 28-29 May 2004.
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1 - genETHICS competition for secondary schools.
NZORD and the Royal Society introduce genETHICS competition to New Zealand schools. Should we test school students for genetic risks? If so, what conditions should be tested for, when and why?

These are some of the questions that New Zealand school students will investigate as part of the genETHICS competition now available to secondary school students. The winner of the New Zealand competition will win a cash prize and will compete with finalists from Australian States for the Australasian prize of a trip for two to the Dolan DNA Learning Centre in Cold Spring Harbour, New York. Read more...........

2 - Bioethics Council public consultation on transgenics.
The Bioethics Council has called on the public to take part in a dialogue on transgenics, specifically the insertion of human genes into other organisms. Participation can be through attendance at community conferences, hui, or by registering to take part in the Council's online discussion. Submissions close 3 May 2004. Read more about how to participate [link no longer active] in the public discussion.

NZORD encourages support groups to promote participation in this dialogue among their membership and wider networks. Transgenic production of insulin, growth hormone and other treatments has been an important source of safe, affordable and effective medicine for decades. Many new treatments for complex diseases are being developed in this way, with transgenic cows being widely publicised in recent times. Several articles on transgenics are contained on our website's News and Issues pages.

3 - NZORD Conference, 28-29 May 2004.
This is a reminder that the early-bird registration rate for NZORD's conference closes at the end of this month. Register early to ensure a place at the conference, at the reduced price. Read more about NZORD's Conference 2004.

Regards, John

John Forman
Executive Director