"[I]t was decided to focus the attention of the working group on 'Ethical and Social Issues in Genetic Engineering and the Ownership of Human Life Forms'. A group of scientists and theologians were invited to take part in a meeting held at the International Graalcentrum, de Tiltenberg, in the village of Vogelenzang, Netherlands, 15-19 June 1981. The findings and recommendations of that working group were circulated for comment and reaction to a number of scientists and submitted to the WCC Central Committee meeting in Dresden, August 1981. .... The following is the final text of the report as revised by a core group of the Working Committee on Church and Society, June 1982, to take account of suggestions received on the first draft". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface -- Introduction -- Human Genetic Engineering -- Risk of Recombinant DNA Technology -- Ownership of Living Organisms -- Dialogue with Scientists and Others on the Implications of the New Biotechnologies -- Biological Warfare -- Summary of Recommendations -- Appendix I: Ethical issues in experiments with hybrids of different species -- Appendix II: When does individual human life begin ? -- Appendix III: Action of the Central Committee -- Appendix IV: Participants -- Glossary.