Council of Bioethics Installed
Lissbon - After a delay of nearly two years, Portugal's Prime Minister, Durâo Barroso, on September 21 appointed new members of the National Council for Ethics in Life Sciences.
The first challenge for the Council will be to reach a position on the use of human embryos in research, which will form the basis for subsequent legislation on the issue. In his speech, Barroso gave few clues on the position his government would ultimately adopt, saying: “Some people, in the name of science, would like to allow everything; others, in the name of ethics, would like to ban everything. (The Council) must strike a balance on the issue.”