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Research and development in genomics informs, challenges, and must comply with public policy and law. Includes: the Endangered Species Act, GMO restrictions, patents, biopiracy, politics, regulation, risk assessment, international policies, and the history of these areas.
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Potential Biohazards of Recombinant DNA Molecules
, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 07/1974, Volume 71, Number 7, p.2593-4, (1974)
This original call for a moratorium on recombinant DNA research, written by Paul Berg, is known as "The Asilomar Declaration."
Patents and Genomic Medicine
A biotech lawyer explains that it's not just patents on genes, but also patents on the technologies used to manipulate and study them, that could slow development of new drugs.
Bioethics.net: American Journal of Bioethics online
, Cambridge, Mass.Philadelphia, (2007)
The American Journal of Bioethics (online) features frequently updated news about stem cell research, policy and regulation.
Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture
The FAO, a United Nations organization which monitors and advises member countries about developments in biotechnology, provides a number of resources through their site.
Of particular interest are recommendations for international guidelines for safety assessment of foods and food components made by recombinant DNA methods.
Also, check out the glossary of biotechnology and genetic engineering; get overviews of biotechnology in crops, fisheries, or other sectors; follow some of the many links to outside sites; or participate in the FAO Electronic Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture.
, Boston, MA, p.v., (2007)
The Council for Responsible Genetics (CRG) Web site covers scientific, medical and bioethical issues from the perspective of the organization's goals to promote public debate and to advocate for socially responsible use of new technologies. Tables of contents and selected articles are available on the site.
The ELSI Working Group
The NIH-DOE Working Group on the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues of Genome Research — its full name is a mouthful, but ELSI is the premier source for information on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic research.
World Conservation Union (IUCN)
For more than half a century IUCN has engaged state and government members, non-government organizations and scientists from around the world in conservation issues. The group takes a global approach to conserving biodiversity. Their site includes news, resource and publication lists, articles and weblinks — and many contain information on genetics. Make sure to see the famous IUCN "redlist" of species threatened with extinction.