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In recent weeks, the discovery of 'a language gene' and 'a gene for criminal behaviour' have been reported in the media. Research that investigates the role of genetic factors in influencing behaviour is controversial, not only because of concerns about its scientific validity, but also its ethical, legal, social and practical implications.

On 2 October 2002, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics launches a new Report on Genetics and Human Behaviour: the ethical context. The focus of the Report is on behavioural and personality traits such as intelligence, sexual orientation and antisocial behaviour, rather than diseases or disorders. It addresses the concerns about research in behavioural genetics and considers such issues as prenatal selection, legal responsibility, and the medicalisation of behaviour.

A seminar will be held on the afternoon of 2 October from 2pm. This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss the Report's recommendations with members of the Working Party. Further details, including the programme, will be available in September. The meeting will be held at The Beveridge Hall, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU, England.

This meeting is open to everyone. Admission is free but places must be reserved in advance. To obtain a copy of the programme, or to reserve a place, please contact Nicola Perrin. e-mail: bioethics@nuffieldfoundation.org; tel:020 7681 9627

Please circulate this advance notice to those you think may be interested.

For further information please see: www.nuffieldbioethics.org/behaviouralgenetics

The Report will be available to download from the Council's website from 2 October. Alternatively, please contact Nicola Perrin if you would like to order a printed copy.


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