The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights: protecting future generations and the quest for global consensus
Salako, Solomon E.
Medicine and Law: The World Association for Medical Law 2008 December; 27(4): 805-823
Since the coining of the term 'ectogenesis' by Haldane in 1924, we have witnessed sensational biotechnological triumphs such as in vitro fertilisation, the cloning of "Dolly" the sheep, and the publication of the human genetic code. These triumphs mix benefits with portents in one seamless package. The object of this article is to assess critically the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. It is argued that the Declaration is not a suitable international instrument for regulating biotechnology and protecting future generations. Finally, the feasibility of a legally binding international instrument based on a global consensus is evaluated.
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