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Title: Future Public Policy and Ethical Issues Facing the Agricultural and Microbial Genomics Sectors of the Biotechnology Industry: A Roundtable Discussion

On September 12, 2003, the University of Maryland School of Law's Intellectual Property and Law & Health Care Programs jointly sponsored and convened a roundtable discussion on the future public policy and ethical issues that will likely face the agricultural and microbial genomics sectors of the biotechnology industry. As this industry has developed over the last two decades, societal concerns have moved from what were often local issues, e.g., the safety of laboratories where scientists conducted recombinant DNA research on transgenic microbes, animals and crops, to more global issues. These newer issues include intellectual property, international trade, risks of genetically engineered foods and microbes, bioterrorism, and marketing and labeling of new products sold worldwide. The fast paced nature of the biotechnology industry and its new developments often mean that legislators, regulators and society, in general, must play ''catch up'' in their efforts to understand the issues, the risks, and even the benefits, that may result from the industry's new ways of conducting research, new products, and novel methods of product marketing and distribution. The goal of the roundtable was to develop a short list of the most significant public policy and ethical issues that will emerge as a result ofmore » advances in these sectors of the biotechnology industry over the next five to six years. More concretely, by ''most significant'' the conveners meant the types of issues that would come to the attention of members of Congress or state legislators during this time frame and for which they would be better prepared if they had well researched and timely background information. A concomitant goal was to provide a set of focused issues for academic debate and scholarship so that policy makers, industry leaders and regulators would have the intellectual resources they need to better understand the issues and concerns at stake. The goal was not to provide answers to any of the issues or problems, simply to identify those topics that deserve our attention as a society. Some of the issues may benefit from legislation at the federal or state levels, others may be more appropriately addressed by the private sector. Participants at the roundtable included over a dozen experts in the areas of microbiology, intellectual property, agricultural biotechnology, microbial genomics, bioterrorism, economic development, biotechnology research, and bioethics. These experts came from federal and state government, industry and academia. The participants were asked to come to the roundtable with a written statement of the top three to five public policy/ ethical issues they viewed as most likely to be significant to the industry and to policy makers over the next several years.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
831128
Report Number(s):
DOE/ER/63522-1
TRN: US200507%%580
DOE Contract Number:
FG02-03ER63522
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Conference title not provided, Conference location not provided, Conference dates not provided; Other Information: (a) Future Public Policy and Ethical Issues Facing the Agricultural and Microbial Genomics Sectors of the Biotechnology Industry: A Roundtable Discussion (b) University of Maryland School of Law (c) 09/12/03 (d) The University of Maryland School of Law?s Intellectual Property Law Program Law & Health Care Program The Maryland Intellectual Property Legal Resource Center; PBD: 12 Sep 2003
Research Org:
University of Maryland School of Law (US)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (AB) (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ANIMALS; BIOTECHNOLOGY; CROPS; DISTRIBUTION; ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES; LEGISLATION; MARKETING; PUBLIC POLICY; RECOMBINANT DNA; SAFETY; STATE GOVERNMENT