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December 7th, 2009
An Otago University philosopher has been appointed to head a world-leading bioethics organisation.
Professor Donald Evans was elected president of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) at a meeting of the group in Mexico last month. The IBC follows developments in the life sciences sector to ensure respect for human dignity and freedom.
"The more we can do in medicine, the more demands are going to be made upon medicine. Far from decreasing cost, the very success of that medical intervention increases demand for it. The gap will only grow wider," he said. The other was the emerging new technologies -- including cloning, stem cells, nanotechnology.
"For instance, [Nano-tech] is with us already, but is not controlled very well at all -- and the risks that are involved have not been taken into account, Prof Evans said.
"We do keep our eye on the ball, and we do fix our own agenda. The director general of Unesco can also commission us to carry out certain pieces of work," he said.
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