ABOUT THE BOOK
The challenges for risk identification, assessment and management posed by genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms are some of the most demanding issues facing many countries and societies today. The evolving field of biosafety has developed in response to these challenges.
BIOSAFETY FIRST is a stimulating collection of the latest thinking concerning biosafety science. It is a unique work as its approach to biosafety is holistic, encompassing not only the scientific, but also the socio-economic, cultural, policy and regulatory spheres. It does not claim to give all the answers, but acknowledges the issues and points to the uncertainties and knowledge gaps that still need to be addressed. Drawing on the new scientific field of ‘gene ecology’, and advocating a precautionary approach, this book provides a foundation on which countries can start to openly and responsibly appraise these new technologies and their products.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
TERJE TRAAVIK is the author of more than 180 scientific articles
and book chapters. He was Professor of Virology at the
LI CHING has a BSc in Ecology and an MPhil in Development Studies.
She works with the biosafety programme at Third World Network, an international
NGO based in
INTRODUCTION BY THE EDITORS
Chapter 1 LIFE ON EARTH
Chapter 2 INTRODUCTION TO SOME BASIC FEATURES OF GENETIC INFORMATION: FROM DNA TO PROTEINS
Chapter 3 THE COMPLEX AND INTERACTIVE PATHWAY FROM (TRANS) GENES TO PROTEINS
Chapter 4 GENETIC ENGINEERING OF LIVING CELLS AND ORGANISMS
Chapter 5 BASICS ON THE FIFTH NUCLEOTIDE IN DNA, 5-METHYLDEOXYCYTIDINE: A REGULATORY GENETIC SIGNAL
Chapter 6 UNDERSTANDING THE UNCERTAINTIES ARISING FROM TECHNOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN COMPLEX BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS: THE CASE OF GMOS
Chapter 7 GE APPLICATIONS AND GMO RELEASE: THE ETHICAL CHALLENGES
Chapter 8 GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CELLS AND ORGANISMS: SUBSTANTIALLY EQUIVALENT OR DIFFERENT?
Chapter 9 GENETIC ENGINEERING AND OMITTED HEALTH RESEARCH: STILL NO ANSWERS TO AGEING QUESTIONS
Chapter 10 BIODIVERSITY, ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS
Chapter 11 INVASION OF EXOTIC SPECIES: LESSONS FOR GMOS?
Chapter 12 VERTICAL (TRANS) GENE FLOW: IMPLICATIONS FOR CROP DIVERSITY AND WILD RELATIVES
Chapter 13 UNINTENDED HORIZONTAL TRANSFER OF RECOMBINANT DNA
Chapter 14 POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS OF FOODS DERIVED FROM GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM) PLANTS – WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?
Chapter 15 DNAVACCINES: MECHANISMS ANDASPECTS OF RELEVANCE FOR BIOSAFETY
Chapter 16 MODELS OF SCIENCE AND POLICY
Chapter 17 THE ROLE OF PRECAUTIONARY MOTIVATED SCIENCE IN ADDRESSING SCIENTIFIC UNCERTAINTIES RELATED TO GMOS
18 INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND MODERN
Chapter 19 GENETIC ENGINEERING, BIOSAFETY AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
Chapter 20 POTENTIAL SOCIO-ECONOMIC, CULTURAL AND ETHICAL IMPACTS OF GMOS: PROSPECTS FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Chapter 21 PUTTING FARMERS FIRST IN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PRACTICES
Chapter 22 A GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO THE REGULATION OF GMOS AND GENE TECHNOLOGY
Chapter 23 DEFINITIONS OF GMO/LMO AND MODERN BIOTECHNOLOGY
Chapter 24 SUSTAINABILITY, SOCIAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN REGULATIONS
Chapter 27 THE WTO AGREEMENTS: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE OBLIGATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR BIOSAFETY
Chapter 28 INTERNATIONAL STANDARD SETTING ON BIOSAFETY: AN INTRODUCTION TO SOME OTHER INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND FORUMS
Chapter 29 THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE IN GMO REGULATIONS
30 THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE AND THE
Chapter 31 LIABILITY AND REDRESS FOR DAMAGE ARISING FROM GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS: LAW AND POLICY OPTIONS FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Chapter 32 POST-COMMERCIALIZATION TESTING AND MONITORING (OR POST-RELEASE MONITORING) FOR THE EFFECTS OF TRANSGENIC PLANTS
Chapter 33 MONITORING GMOS RELEASED INTO THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEM
Chapter 34 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN BIOSAFETY ISSUES
Chapter 35 BIOSAFETY FORECAST SERVICE: THE PRECAUTIONARY APPROACH IN PRACTICAL BIOSAFETY
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