Human Genetics Commission

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The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) was a non-departmental public body that advised the UK government on the ethical and social aspects of genetics. This included genetic testing, cloning and other aspects of molecular medicine. The Commission was chaired by Professor Jonathan Montgomery and comprised 21 members whose backgrounds include the law, medicine, consumer affairs, philosophy and ethics, scientific research and clinical practice. Representatives of the Chief Medical Officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also sat on the Commission.[1][2]

The Commission was abolished when quangos were reviewed by the newly elected government in October 2010. The Commission published its final paper in May 2012.[1][3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Human Genetics Commission". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Support". Patient website. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Jeeg (15 October 2010). "UK's Human Genetics Commission Abolished- Is the Public Interest Being Served?". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Dr Rebecca Hill (7 June 2012). "Human Genetics Commission publish final report". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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