Wednesday, November 11, 1998 Published at 15:02 GMT
The future of genetic engineering
The creation of Dolly has raised many important issues
They have produced a report - commissioned by the Church of Scotland - which examines some of the most controversial issues connected with this important new technology.
The group have put their findings in a book, published on Tuesday, called Engineering Genesis. It includes a contribution from Ian Wilmut, the man whose Edinburgh team cloned Dolly the Sheep.
They believe science is moving forward without, sometimes, taking sufficient account of public opinion.
"We say we need some overarching body charged with looking, not just at whether it is safe or whether it is working, but the ethical values underneath - and it should have some public involvement."
Dr Bruce quoted the example of genetically modified soya which he said had been grown and introduced into the food supply with hardly any public consultation.
The SRT - which included the opinions of scientists, leading thinkers in ethics, sociology, animal welfare and risk - assessed current and future prospects for genetic engineering and tried to reach a consensus on the desirability of some of the more controversial developments.
They felt that:
"Mice must not become mere research tools, sheep mere bioreactors, nor pigs spare-part factories," they said.