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Genetic Engineering

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what investigations are presently being carried out into the possibility of eradicating genetically inherited diseases by genetic engineering.

The techniques of genetic engineering are still in so early a stage of development that it is not possible to say that any research in the field is directed to the eradication of any particular group of diseases. However, fundamental research is being carried out in Scotland by several groups in Edinburgh and Glasgow; and the subject is, of course, of current interest throughout the world.