The collection consists of records related to the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee (BEAC). BEAC was formed in 1987 to counsel the congressional members of the national Biomedical Ethics Board on ethical issues that arise in the delivery of healthcare and biomedical research.
The collection consists of statistical summary data for sixteen countries derived from a survey on ethical problems faced by medical geneticists. The survey was conducted by John C. Fletcher of the National Institutes of Health in 1986. The data was used in a study published in 1989 as Ethics and Human Genetics: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. The collection also includes an explanatory letter and a copy of the questionnaire.