Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Victor Almon McKusick Collection
Reproduced with permission of Daniel Wikler.
Medical Genetics, Molecular Biology, and the Human Genome Project, 1980-2008
Meeting Summary: Human Genome Research in an Interdependent World [2-4 June 1991]
June 11, 1991
Dear Fellow-Member of the Organizing Committee,
"Human Genome Research in an Interdependent World"
With our conference concluded, we turn to some sequellae.
First, we ask that each member of the Organizing Committee review the attached summary statement and communicate any suggested
revisions to Bob Cook-Deegan. He can incorporate many suggestions for the final version of the statement.
Second, Bob and I will attempt to distill the summary statement into a short precis to be submitted to Science or other appropriate
Third, we will make some initial selections among papers received from participants for possible publication. It is not yet
determined whether a publishable corpus of material will be available.
Fourth, the "meta-resolution", accepted by the conferees, called for creation of an international coordinating committee
on ethical, social, and legal issues in human genome research. As the summary statement indicates, many of the prospective
members of this committee approved, in principle, a proposal to meet later this year to initiate the committee's mission
of appointing task forces to develop credible proposals addressing international attention to the issues we identified at
the conference. We will probably be playing a role in setting up this first meeting, after which it will be self-sustaining
and our work will come to an end.
For now, we ask those of you who have not yet had the opportunity to suggest revisions in the summary statement to send any
comments you might have. We will write to you later this summer about the other points.
Thank you once again for all you have done in making this conference possible.