Category Archives: regulation

Pausing Bird Flu Studies

Breaking news, from Nature: the principle investigators of the recent avian flu transmission studies (along with a couple of dozen co-authors) have publicly vowed to “pause” their research for 60 days. What’a really interesting, though, are their reasons. They want … Continue reading

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GM Alfalfa: “Approved” or “Deregulated”?

The US Department of Agriculture has issued a decision allowing widespread planting of genetically modified alfalfa. See this article, by Andrew Pollack for the NYT: U.S. Approves Genetically Modified Alfalfa Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Thursday that he would … Continue reading

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Canada’s Proposed “Bill C-474”

A “private members bill” currently before Canada’s parliament will, if passed, require that “an analysis of potential harm to export markets be conducted before the sale of any new genetically engineered seed is permitted” in Canada. (FYI, a bill that … Continue reading

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Synthetic Biology: Ready, Set, Go!

By Andrew Pollack, for the NYT: U.S. Bioethics Commission Gives Green Light to Synthetic Biology The president’s bioethics commission says there is no need to temporarily halt research or to impose new regulations on the controversial new field known as … Continue reading

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Ethics, Policy, and Synthetic Biology

By Jef Akst, writing for The Scientist: Q&A: Ethics chair on synthetic biology The Scientist spoke with chair Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, about the commission’s conclusions that, despite the potential risks of creating synthetic organisms, the … Continue reading

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No Decision About GM Salmon

Given the controversy over AquaBounty’s GM salmon, I can only assume this headline is sarcastic: By Kim Carollo, for ABC News, Surprise: FDA Panel Unable to Reach Conclusion on Genetically Modified Salmon After two days of hearings, several members of … Continue reading

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DTC Genetic Tests: Justifying Regulation

Regulation and ethics aren’t the same thing. But when done properly, good regulation is rooted in good ethical reasons. If we want to think in a constructive way about existing or potential regulations, we need to consider the values and … Continue reading

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