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Gene Technology And The Threat To Humanity

EDM number 696 in 1993-94, proposed by David Alton on 01/03/1994.

That this House notes that foods containing products of gene technology are on sale without labelling as such; that in recent experiments scorpion poison genes have been added to cabbages to kill caterpillers, toxin genes added to potatoes to kill beetles, human genes added to pigs to make them grow faster, and to cows to alter their milk and also added to sheep, mice and fish; further notes that 62,000 designer animals with altered genes were born in the United Kingdom in 1991 alone, that animal cloning is widely available as a breeding technique that attempts have been made to clone human embryos for spare parts and that the potential exists to produce designer babies and that human cancer genes have been added to a virus similar to that causing the common cold; regards current measures as out of date; and calls on the Government to adopt a comprehensive Gene Charter regulating all aspects of gene technology, including safety and ethics, and to seek adoption of such a Charter by the international community.

This motion has been signed by a total of 15 MPs.

David Alton01/03/1994Liverpool Mossley HillProposed
Lawrence Cunliffe02/03/1994LeighSigned
Harry Barnes02/03/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Win Griffiths03/03/1994BridgendSigned
John Gunnell03/03/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned
Ian Davidson04/03/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
Paul Boateng07/03/1994Brent SouthSigned
Andrew Faulds08/03/1994Warley EastSigned
Patrick Cormack09/03/1994South StaffordshireSigned
Nick Harvey10/03/1994North DevonSigned
Nigel Jones10/03/1994CheltenhamSigned
John Battle10/03/1994Leeds WestSigned
Dennis Turner10/03/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Derek Enright11/03/1994HemsworthSigned
Adam Ingram17/10/1994East KilbrideSigned

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