Genetic Testing

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ A Vatican official says advances in genetic testing could lead to efforts to improve the quality of the human race by controlling heredity.

Monsignor Rino Fisichella made the warning as he outlined the scope of an upcoming Vatican conference, "The New Frontiers of Genetics and the Risk of Eugenics,'' which starts Friday. Fisichella acknowledged that the term eugenics recalls infamous past efforts. The Nazis used eugenic theories to justify forced sterilization and other practices in their quest to establish a master race. Fisichella warned that the same mentality is now growing, "slowly but relentlessly,'' albeit under different names and hidden by slick publicity campaigns by well-funded biomedical interests.