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Revista médica de Chile

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CRUZ-COKE M, Ricardo. Bioethical norms to avoid eugenical practices. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2000, vol.128, n.6, pp.679-682. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872000000600016.

The author, member of the UNESCO Bioethics Committee, participated in the preparation of the Universal Declaration about Human Genoma and Human Rights, in 1997. The aim of this work is to analyze the initial articles of such Declaration, defining the bioethical principles that defend human dignity, freedom and rights, against the madness of the present biotechnological revolution. The development of genetics for the benefit of mankind will be guaranteed if these principles are honored. Genetic discrimination, reductionism and determinism, are identified by the author as perversions that, if used by biotechnologists, can lead to the rebirth of eugenism and racism, that were condemned by the Code of Nuremberg, in 1947. Investigators must assume their responsibility, respecting the principles of human dignity, the real freedom of research and solidarity among people. This attitude will avoid the use of genetics for purposes other than the welfare of mankind. (Rev Méd Chile 2000; 128: 679-82).

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