Introduction of Genetically-Modified Organisms into the Environment

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Extensive controversy exists on the advantages and disadvantages of releasing genetically altered organisms into the environment. Based on research findings by world renowned leaders from the scientific community, it examines the potential benefits and hazards of the introduction of bio-engineered organisms into the environment and creates a dialogue between ecologists and molecular biologists to explore this vast arena. Commissioned by the internationally recognized SCOPE committee for the advancement of ...
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Overview

Extensive controversy exists on the advantages and disadvantages of releasing genetically altered organisms into the environment. Based on research findings by world renowned leaders from the scientific community, it examines the potential benefits and hazards of the introduction of bio-engineered organisms into the environment and creates a dialogue between ecologists and molecular biologists to explore this vast arena. Commissioned by the internationally recognized SCOPE committee for the advancement of scientific thought, this invaluable guide will benefit all those involved in the research and dispensation of genetically altered organisms.
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Basically, biotechnologists think it's a good idea to scatter man-made organisms around, and ecologists don't, but they don't talk to each other about it very often, especially on an international level. So the scientific committees on problems of the environment (SCOPE) and on genetic experimentation (COGENE) of the International Council of Scientific Unions called a meeting in Bellagio, Italy (date not given) at which scientists from molecular biology, population genetics, and ecology presented the scientific background necessary to produce a statement on the potential benefits and hazards, and then produced the statement. Here the statement is followed by the 15 papers on which it was based. The conclusion is that any regulation should protect the environment without discouraging innovation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780471926771
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/21/1990
  • Series: SCOPE Series , #47
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:

HISTORY OF CONCERNS REGARDING GENETIC MANIPULATION.

Risk Assessment for Genetic Experimentation and Application (A. Skalka).

Recombinant DNA: Past Lessons and Current Concerns (A. Campbell).

GENETIC TRANSFER AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

Impact of Human Civilization on Biological Evolution (W. Arber).

Population Consequences of Genetic Design in Sexually Reproducing Organisms (F. Christiansen).

Patterns of Establishment and Spread of Animal Viruses (F. Fenner).

ASSESSMENT AND REGULATION.

Ecological Issues Related to the Release of Genetically Engineered Organisms into the Environment (S. Levin).

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