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Unit 12


A model European Council: Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

It is now possible to select an embryo that is free of certain genetic traits such as some inherited diseases. In future it maybe possible to select for desirable traits. Where does one draw the line? This unit offers a framework for debating the social, political and ethical issues raised by pre-implantation diagnosis.

In a simulation of a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, students are asked to put forward the views of different countries. Background materials to help ministers prepare for the meeting are supplied. It is highly recommended however that participants do as much of their own research as possible. This will motivate them to take an active part in discussions and will bring them up to date with recent developments.



  • Proposed timetable for running the simulation
  • Scientific background
  • Political background

Debate material

  • The resolution to be debated
  • The position of each government
  • Article 1
  • Article 2
  • Religious points of view


  • A model European Council 1996