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  1. Introduction
  2. About the Progress Educational Trust
  3. Explanation
  4. Copyright
  5. Use of the Websites
  6. Privacy
  7. Miscellaneous Matters
  8. Posting Rules

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  1. Introduction

    This page sets out the legal terms and conditions that apply to your use of the and websites administered by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and discusses the copyright protection of the content of these websites. Please read it all carefully.

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  2. About the Progress Educational Trust

    The Progress Educational Trust (PET), which publishes the weekly news digest and commentary BioNews, is a registered charity working to enhance public engagement with issues surrounding genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas. The basic objective of PET is to create an environment in which ethically sound research and practice in genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas can thrive.

    PET is a registered charity in the UK, with the registered charity number 1011897, the office location and postal address 140 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8AX, and the telephone number +44 (0)20 7278 7870.

    PET administers two websites, and

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  3. Explanation

    In the text which follows:

    • 'we', 'us', 'our' and similar refer to the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and 'you' and 'your' and similar refer to you as a user of a Website;

    • 'Websites' means the and websites and 'Website' means either or both of them;

    • 'Terms' means the text set out on this page under the headings 'Introduction', 'About the Progress Educational Trust', 'Explanation', 'Copyright', 'Use of the Websites', 'Privacy', 'Miscellaneous Matters' and 'Posting Rules';

    • 'Content' means the content of either or both Websites as appropriate and, where relevant, any part of that content;

    • 'Post' means a submission of a comment, message or other content for publication on a Website by a user of the Website and 'Posting' and 'Poster' have the appropriate meanings.

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  4. Copyright

    All the Content is copyright and the copyright and any database rights in it are owned by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and, in relation to some of the Content, by others. In accessing the Websites, you agree that you may only download and use Content for your own personal non-commercial use. Except with our written consent, you are not permitted (in or by any medium) to copy, reproduce, create derivative works from, broadcast, download, store, transmit, show or play in public, adapt or change or exploit in any way the Content or any part of it.

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  5. Use of the Websites


    By accessing either of the Websites you are agreeing to be legally bound by the Terms as modified from time to time. Accessing either Website constitutes your agreement to the Terms.

    We reserve the right to change the Terms at any time. You are responsible for reviewing the Terms regularly to ensure that you are aware of any changes. Your continued use of the Websites after changes are posted means you agree to be legally bound by the Terms as updated and/or amended.

    Use of the Content

    You agree that the Content is made available for your own personal, non-commercial use only and you agree not to use it for any commercial purpose and to comply with the Copyright paragraph above.


    We publish the Content to foster debate and education about the subject areas in which we operate. The Content is not prepared or published for the purpose of giving any individual or organisation medical, scientific, health, ethical, commercial or technical advice of any kind. To give advice, one would need to know the specific situation of the person to be advised, and tailor that advice accordingly. Therefore, we make no representations or warranties as to the accuracy or completeness of the Content or the content of any website to which the Websites are linked for any particular purpose or at all. If you are dissatisfied with any of the Content or with any of the Terms, your sole and exclusive remedies are to draw your concern to our attention and to discontinue using the Websites.

    In particular, we do not give medical advice in relation to any individual patient, nor do we provide medical or diagnostic services. It is up to you to seek advice from a suitably qualified medical practitioner or health professional if you are concerned about your health or medical treatment or in relation to someone about whom you are concerned.

    Similarly, in relation to medical, scientific, health, ethical, commercial or technical issues, you may not use the Content as a basis for taking any decision to act or not to act without seeking professional advice. You may, of course, invite your professional adviser to review any relevant Content, which must be read by the professional in the light of his or her expert knowledge .

    Suspension of access

    We reserve the right to suspend or terminate your access or access generally to the Websites at any time, with or without notice or explanation. The Websites are available as and when we make them available and we do not undertake any obligation to make them or either of them available at any particular time or for any particular duration or at all.

    Limitation of Liability

    the Progress Educational Trust (PET) shall not be liable for any claims, losses, injuries, penalties, damages, costs or expenses arising from the use of, or inability to use the Website or Content or from any action taken, or omitted to be taken, as a result of using the Website or Content, other than death or personal injury resulting from the use of the Website directly caused by the negligence of the Progress Educational Trust (PET).


    You agree to indemnify and hold the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and any of its officers, employees and agents harmless from and against all and any expenses, losses, liabilities, damages, costs or expenses of any character incurred or suffered and any claims or legal proceedings which are brought or threatened, in each case arising from your use of, or conduct on, the Website and/or a breach of any of these Terms.

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  6. Privacy

    Policy Statement

    We respect your right to the privacy of the personal information you provide us, if any. To that end, unless we state otherwise in this policy or at the time information is collected, any personal information you provide to us will be not be disclosed to any third party. The following policy is intended to explain how your personal information will be treated as you make use of the Websites.

    Personal information includes your name and email address and any other personal information you may provide. This policy may change from time to time and you are responsible for regularly reviewing the Terms.

    BioNews by email

    In order to receive BioNews by email, subscribers provide personal information including an email address, name and country of residence. We collect this information so that we can understand our target audiences and the best way to reach them. We also ask for this information in order to collect demographic information about our subscribers. When we present aggregated information to third parties, no one will be able to identify or contact you. We may send information to BioNews subscribers from time to time about events or products which might be of interest to them.

    Unsubscribe policy

    If you would like to unsubscribe from a Progress Educational Trust (PET) or BioNews mailing list, send an email to with 'Unsubscribe' in the subject line, clearly explaining from which list you wish to unsubscribe in the message body.


    From time to time we may conduct voluntary surveys of visitors to the Websites to obtain aggregate demographic information about visitors and to collect feedback on Website features. Such information may be compiled and shared in the aggregate with sponsors and other funders, but no personal details will be traceable or associated with specific individuals.

    Traffic Data

    Each time a visitor comes to the Websites, our servers collect some basic standard technical information, for example the visitor's domain name, referral data and browser and platform type. We also count, track and aggregate the visitor's activity into our analysis of general traffic flows on our Websites. To these ends, we may merge information about visitors and visits into group data, which may then be shared on an aggregated basis with a third party, but we will not disclose your individual identity or personally identifiable data without your permission. When we do present aggregated information to a third party, nobody will be able to identify you or contact you.

    Use of Cookies

    A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. We use cookies in a limited way to make interactive parts of the Website more convenient to use, to identify unique browsers that visit us, and to track usage throughout our Websites.


    From time to time, we may organise events that require the collection, processing and storage of individual details to be used for the event. We may also co-organise or co-sponsor events along with other organisations, in which case individual details might be shared with these organisations, who may use this information. They will then be responsible for ensuring that their use of it complies with data protection legislation. A registrant's personal contact and demographic information will not be released to any third-party organisation other than named co-organisers or co-sponsors without the registrant's consent.

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  7. Miscellaneous Matters

    Use of third party websites

    The Websites contain many links to third-party websites. These third-party websites are not under our control and we are not responsible for the content of any third-party website, including without limitation any link contained in a third-party website, or any changes or updates to a third-party website. The inclusion of any link to a third-party website does not imply our endorsement of the website or any association between us and the website's operators. You are responsible for viewing and abiding by the privacy statements and the terms of use of third-party websites.

    Linking to and from the Websites

    Please contact us at if you would like to link to or be linked from our Websites, and we will be pleased to advise you about our policies. Please provide full details of your website and how the linking will be used.

    Online transactions

    Unless otherwise explicitly stated, during ticket sales or other transactions we always use a third party with a secure server for transferring and receiving consumer data exchanged with our Websites.

    Applicable law

    The Terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with English law and you irrevocably agree that the courts of England and Wales shall (subject to the paragraph below) have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute which may arise out of, under, or in connection with the Terms, your use of the Websites or both or arising in any way from the Content.

    For our exclusive benefit, we shall retain the right to bring proceedings as to the substance of the matter in the courts of your country of residence, or where the Terms are entered into in the course of your trade or profession, the country of your principal place of business.

    Further information

    If you feel that this Website is not following its stated policies, or if you have any further questions or concerns about the Terms, please email them to and we will be sure to address your concerns.

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  8. Posting Rules

    We welcome lively debate and dissent but discourage abuse. Personal attacks on other users or writers have no place in an intelligent discussion. Please treat others on the Websites as you would expect them to treat you. These Posting Rules are part of the Terms (set out on this webpage) and are to be read with them.

    Posters are invited to comment and express considered opinions on pertinent issues that hold value for them subject to the Terms and to these Posting Rules.

    • Posters may not:

      • advertise or promote any product or service;

      • offer items for sale, link to personal items for sale;

      • attempt to collect or store personal information about other users of the Websites;

      • solicit subjects to participate in research or in TV, video, radio or any other show for broad or narrowcast in any media;

      • post, whether intended as such or not, libellous, unlawful, harassing, defamatory, abusive, harmful, sexist, homophobic, threatening, obscene, vulgar, racially offensive or otherwise objectionable or offensive material or material that could be interpreted as such or material which could otherwise bring the Website into disrepute;

      • post private messages or any other form of personal information about a another person such as an email address, name, or address without that person's consent;

      • post empty or senseless messages; or

      • violate or infringe the rights of third parties including copyright, trademark, patent, design, database, trade secret, privacy, personal, public or proprietary rights.

    • Any post containing links or non-clickable URLs may be removed.

    • You have the ability, when you register, to choose your username that will appear with your posts. We advise that you keep the name appropriate. If you do not wish to use your real name as a username then you may not. However, impersonating someone else is unacceptable, as is adopting an inappropriate user name (for example one that is vulgar, offensive or misleading whether deliberately so or not) and we reserve the right at our discretion to require you to change your username (even, in circumstances where it could be misleading, if it is your real name).

    • You remain solely responsible for the content of your messages. You also agree to indemnify us against all legal fees, damages, costs and other expenses that may be incurred by us as a result of your breach of any of the above prohibitions and guidance. We reserve the right to reveal your identity (or any information we have about you) in the event of a complaint or legal action arising from any posting by you or if required to do so by a court or regulatory body legally able to compel us to do so.

    • Spamming with senseless or empty messages is not allowed. We do not allow the submission of the same or very similar contributions many times. Please do not resubmit your contribution to more than one conversation or thread.

    • We recommend that you do not give out personal details such as your surname, postal address or phone number in a posting. This is for your own safety and protection as other people browsing this website could easily misuse this information. Remember, when online, it is very easy for people to pretend to be someone they're not.

    • We assume no legal responsibility or liability, nor have ever assumed legal responsibility or liability, for the Content in general and similarly not for the content of the postings, uploads, or any other contributions made by or on behalf of participants in the community areas of the Websites.

    • Note that it is impossible for us to confirm the validity of posts. Please remember that we do not actively monitor the posted messages and are not responsible for their content. If you do believe any posting should be removed from a Website please email and note that we are a small organisation and the processes involved are manual, so it may take some time to remove a post from the Website.

    • We do not warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information presented in posts. Posts express the views of the authors and not necessarily our views or the views of the Website editorial team.

    All users and posters who register with the Websites agree to be bound by the Terms. We reserve the right to remove any post permanently or temporarily if in our absolute discretion we determine that it breaches the Terms or that removal is necessary, desirable or good practice and similarly we reserve the right in our absolute discretion to ban any person permanently or temporarily from making further posts.

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