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Top bioethics meeting held in Singapore

07-26-2010 14:08 BJT

SINGAPORE, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Singapore held a conference on Monday to discuss guidelines set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) on controversial issues such human organ trading, assisted suicide and research ethics.

According to local newspaper the Straits Times, delegates from over 30 countries and regions will descend for the Eighth Global Summit of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies, which will bring together officials from international bodies such as the United Nations and the European Union.

The summit is the first bioethics conference to be held on this scale in Singapore. It was last held in Paris, France in 2008.

Over the last decade, Singapore along with many other countries has had to grapple with debates on the ethics off issues such as providing compensation for organ donors or the legitimacy of physician-assisted suicide, which have polarized public opinion.

Recommendations made during the two-day conference will be sent to WHO members, which will then go on to use them to guide policymaking.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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