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    • Commons Briefing papers: Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Lords Library Notes: Authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • POSTbriefs: Responsive policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on mini-literature reviews and peer review, typically commissioned by select committees and library research services.
    • POSTnotes: Proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board.
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Legal protection of software
Published Sunday, December 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-30
This POSTnote examines the EC Directive’s potential impact on the software industry and related issues. POSTnote 30. POST. 1991.
DNA profiling in forensic science
Published Friday, November 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-29
This POSTnote reviews the current status of DNA profiling and highlights some of the issues which arise from its use in criminal cases. POSTnote 29. POST. 1991.

Topics: Crime, Genetics, Science

Babies and HIV infection
Published Tuesday, October 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-28
This POSTnote reviews recent scientific evidence on the transmission of HIV from infected mothers to their babies and the implications. POSTnote 28. POST. 1991.

Topic: Medicine

Microbes in food
Published Monday, July 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-27
This POSTnote examines recent trends in food poisoning and some of the underlying factors and related issues. POSTnote 27. POST. 1991.
Patenting life
Published Saturday, June 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-26
This POSTnote considers the scientific developments which have led to the possibility of ‘patenting life’, and the issues raised. POSTnote 26. POST. 1991.

Topic: Genetics

World population
Published Wednesday, May 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-25
This POSTnote examines the underlying trends in global population, the reasons for them, their implications and related issues. POSTnote 25. POST. 1991.
High definition TV
Published Monday, April 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-24
This POSTnote examines HDTV development worldwide and issues related to the future of this technology in Europe. POSTnote 24. POST. 1991.
British Technology Group
Published Friday, March 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-22
This POSTnote reviews requirements for effective technology transfer and factors relevant to debate on British technology group's form after privatisation. POSTnote 22. POST. 1991.
Oil fires in Kuwait - an update
Published Friday, March 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-23
This POSTnote provides and update to POSTnote 21 presenting a range of possible effects and setting out the main considerations involved in predicting the environmental effects of the sabotage of Kuwaiti oil wells. POSTnote 23. POST. 1991.
Oil fires in Kuwait
Published Friday, February 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-21
This POSTnote discusses the range of possible effects from the sabotage of Kuwaiti oil wells and sets out the main considerations involved in predicting the environmental effects. POSTnote 21. POST. 1991.
Safety critical systems
Published Tuesday, January 1, 1991 | POSTnotes POST-PN-20
This POSTnote reviews the science of safety-critical systems and related issues of potential interest to Parliamentarians. POSTnote 20. POST. 1991.
Proliferation control
Published Saturday, December 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-19
This POSTnote reviews technical aspects relevant to improving international control over the spread of sophisticated weaponry. POSTnote 19. POST. 1990.
Published Thursday, November 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-18
This POSTnote reviews the Antarctic Treaty System with emphasis on scientific activities relevant to the current debate. POSTnote 18. POST. 1990 .
National curriculum & A level sciences
Published Monday, October 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-17
This POSTnote examines the effect of the National Curriculum on science teaching and the implications for the future of GCSE and A- Level exams, as well as for higher education. POSTnote 17. POST. 1990.

Topics: Schools, Science

Global warming
Published Sunday, July 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-16
This POSTnote summarises current knowledge on global warming, and examines some remaining uncertainties which are relevant to decision-makers. POSTnote 16. POST. 1990.
Understanding the human genome
Published Friday, June 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-15
This POSTnote describes current and planned research on the human genome, and considers issues which may arise from this work. POSTnote 15. POST. 1990.
BSE & slow viruses
Published Friday, June 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-14
This POSTnote examines the current state of knowledge of ‘slow viruses’ such as BSE, the evidence relevant to the public health implications and uncertainties which remain. POSTnote 14. POST. 1990.
Optical fibre networks
Published Tuesday, May 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-13
This POSTnote describes the present and potential applications of optical fibres and examines issues arising from the current regulatory framework within which they and competing technologies operate. POSTnote 13. POST. 1990
Published Sunday, April 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-12
This POSTnote describes superconductivity and its potential, and examines the UK response with reference to similar efforts abroad. POSTnote 12. POST. 1990

Topics: Electricity, Science

Release of GMOs
Published Thursday, March 1, 1990 | POSTnotes POST-PN-10
This POSTnote describes GMOs, their applications, potential risks and control. POSTnote 10. POST.1990.

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