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Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights 11 November 1997

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This chapter deals with the various articles of the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights adopted by the General Conference of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), meeting in Paris, held on 11 November 1997. The human genome underlies the fundamental unity of all members of the human family, as well as the recognition of their inherent dignity and diversity. In a symbolic sense, it is the heritage of humanity. The human genome, which by its nature evolves, is subject to mutations. It contains potentialities that are expressed differently according to each individual's natural and social environment, including the individual's state of health, living conditions, nutrition and education.

Keywords: human genome; human rights; UNESCO



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