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Déclaration Internationale Sur Les Données Génétiques Humaines. 16 Octobre 2003

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This chapter presents the articles of the International declaration on human genetic data adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO. The agreement was signed considering that genetic information is part of the overall spectrum of medical data, and that the information content of any medical data, including genetic data and proteomic data, is highly contextual and dependent on the particular circumstances. The collection, processing, use and storage of human genetic data are of paramount importance for the progress of life sciences and medicine, for their applications and for the use of such data for non-medical purposes. All medical data, including genetic data and proteomic data, regardless of their apparent information content, should be treated with the same high standards of confidentiality. The development of international rules is one of the main functions of UNESCO. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: General Conference; human genetic data; UNESCO



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