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Australasian Biotechnology (backfiles)
AusBiotech
ISSN: 1036-7128
Vol. 11, No. 5, 2001, pp. 42
Bioline Code: au01067
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Australasian Biotechnology (backfiles), Vol. 11, No. 5, 2001, pp. 42

 en BIOTECH COMMUNICATION - GENE TECHNOLOGY DEBATE - A SHIFT IN FOCUS?
Paula Fitzgerald

Abstract

I remember quite clearly a time when biotechnology attracted no interest - when discussions about the potential of gene technology received only enthusiasm and encouragement for our scientists. Over the past five years however, the scene has changed dramatically - with consumer interest in the topic growing. We have witnessed considerable debate, some of which has been quite heated. To date, most of this debate has centred around genetically modified (GM) crops and food, but this may well be about to change. Recent market research is showing a shift - a move towards biotechnology and gene technology in health-related areas. While consumers are on the move, one has to question whether those involved in this area are prepared - who will be there to provide answers and encourage informed debate?

 
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