Since the very beginning, regulation of transgenic technologies and techniques has been contentious (for a great history of this check out Sheldon Krimsky's Genetic Alchemy). While there are still debates between scientists, corporations and concerned citizens about who should have domain over such regulation, the likelihood that the current paradigm will change, despite the fear mongering related to bioterrorism and synthetic genomics. A new report led by the J. Craig Venter Institute (yes, the same Venter of Synthetic Genomics posted about here before) upholds the basic tenets of self-regulation that have been operational for years. We should fear the unlikely scenario of bioterrorism, but not, apparently, the much more likely corporate mishandling, accidents and outright negligence.
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