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Press Release 07/2018 Application of germline editing currently not ethically justifiable

The birth of two genetically modified girls claimed on Monday, 26 November 2018, by the Chinese researcher Jiankui He by means of germline editing represents a serious violation of ethical obligations according to the view of the German Ethics Council.

Press Release 06/2018 Ethics Council calls for a fairer care for people with rare diseases

In its Ad Hoc Recommendation published today, the German Ethics Council draws attention to the specific vulnerability of people with rare diseases. The Council calls for a number of measures to protect affected people from inadequate care. The goal must be the fair consideration of their needs in clinical research and healthcare.

Press Release 05/2018 When may people be protected from themselves?

Today, on Thursday, the German Ethics Council is publishing its Opinion "Help through coercion? Professional Caring Relations in Conflict Between Welfare and Autonomy".

Press Release 04/2018 On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the German Ethics Council makes human dignity the subject of its annual meeting

This year the German Ethics Council celebrates its tenth anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Council’s members are invited this evening to an official reception hosted by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Over the following two days, the Council will hold its annual meeting, dedicated this year to the topic of “Human Dignity in Our Hands – Challenges from New Technologies.” The opening addresses will be delivered by President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schäuble, and the renowned Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari.