]"This issue comes soon after the release of the human genome sequence data in publications in Nature and Science. Eubios Ethics Institute, began in 1990, at a time around the beginning of the Human Genome project. We have published a number of conference proceedings on discussion of ELSI issues of the genome projects and genetics in general. In the pages of the 62 issues of the journal since then also the themes of genetics have been explored. The latest conference proceedings, from a meeting in Fukui held in November, 2000 are finished and at the printers. However we look forward to further debate on these issues, especially from different cultures."