Thursday, January 22, 2004


The National Academy of Sciences has issued a report, Nat'l Academies Press: Biological Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms, that should be of interest to those working on regulatory issues in developing nations.

The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology has also issued a report (today) titled: Bugs in the System? Issues in the Science and Regulation of GM Insects. I would suspect that there will be major advances in public health and agriculture to be had from release of recombinant insects -- results that will be very important to developing nations. The regulation of release of such organisms will require careful thought, and there are few regulatory systems yet in place that would be suitable models.

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