Tuesday, January 24, 2006
From Biotech to Nanotech
The ETC Group
just sent out an announcement
about discussions they are part of at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela
"A panel discussion with Pat Mooney (ETC Group, Canada), Andres Barreda, (CASIFOP, Mexico), Elizabeth Bravo (Accion Ecologica, Ecuador), Edgardo Lander (Universidad Central de Venezuela), Silvia Ribeiro (ETC Group, Mexico)... will focus on the social, economic and environmental impacts of biotech on local communities and what we can expect with the advance of nanotechnology - the manipulation of matter, both living and non-living, at the scale of atoms and molecules.
There's also a workshop on "Biopiracy, Human Genomics and New Technologies" that "will include presentations and debate on the human Genographic Project (IBM and National Geographic), Craig Venter's global expedition to "sequence the genome of the seas," the creation of novel life forms (synthetic genomics) and the implications of the global effort to collect human DNA through the "HapMap" Project."