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THIRD WORLD NETWORK BIOSAFETY INFORMATION SERVICE

9 January 2003

Dear friends and colleagues,

RE: MANUAL, VIDEO ON ASSESSING GMOS 

We wish to bring to your attention the availability of a manual on assessing the potential ecological and health effects of genetically engineered organisms by the Edmonds Institute in the US as well as the just released explanatory video on the manual.

The Manual was published in 1998 and was written by a group of scientists from a wide range of disciplines. Reviewed in a double blind peer review managed by a former head of the Ecological Society of America, the Manual is available for downloading for free on the Edmonds Institute website (http://www.edmonds-institute.org).

The video on the other hand is presented in the form of lectures given by Dr. Anne Kapuscinski, of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and the Institute for Social, Economic and Ecological Sustainability, and Dr. Norman Ellstrand, of the University of California-Riverside Department of Botany and Plant Sciences.

These video lectures demonstrate the assessment path through the Manual flowcharts and would be an excellent accompaniment to biosafety trainings.

To make enquiries or request a set of tapes, please contact The Edmonds Institute at the address given below in the announcement. An order form is also attached for your convenience.

With best wishes,

Lim Li Lin and Chee Yoke Heong
Third World Network
121-S Jalan Utama
10450 Penang
Malaysia

Email: twnet@po.jaring.my

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REF: Doc.TWN/Biosafety/2003/J

(Announcement on the Manual)

Manual for Assessing Ecological and Human Health Effects of Genetically Engineered Organisms

Authored by a group of scientists from a wide range of disciplines, including Mark Wheelis (University of California-Davis), Andrew Spielman (Harvard University), Philip Regal (University of Minnesota), Deborah Letourneau (University of California-Santa Cruz), Terrie Klinger (Friday Harbor Labs), Anne R. Kapuscinski (University of Minnesota), Conrad Istock (formerly of the University of Arizona), Elaine Ingham (Oregon State University), Norman Ellstrand (University of California-Riverside), Pushpa M. Bhargava (Anveshna Consultancy, India), and Sharon Akabas (Columbia University).

The two-volume manual, reviewed in a double blind peer review managed by a former head of the Ecological Society of America, is available in two formats: a downloadable PDF format version (from the Edmonds Institute website), or a two-volume print version (available from the Institute for the cost of mailing)

This is the second, much-expanded, and renamed edition of the DRAFT Assessment of Genetically Engineered Organisms in the Environment: The Puget Sound Workshop Biosafety Handbook - the acclaimed, path-breaking work brought out in 1996 as a biosafety handbook accessible to the public and reflective of maximum concern for ecological and human health.

For downloading instructions, please go the Edmond’s Institute website at (http://www.edmonds-institute.org).

To make enquiries, please contact:

The Edmonds Institute
20319-92nd Avenue West
Edmonds, Washington 98020
USA

email: beb@igc.org

(Announcement on the video)

The Edmonds Institute is pleased to announce two introductory video lectures (available in PAL and NTSC tape formats) to illustrate use of the “Manual for Assessing Ecological and Human Health Effects of Genetically Engineered Organisms”*

In separate video lectures, two of the Manual’s authors introduce the Manual and walk through an example of using its flowcharts to assess potential ecological effects of particular genetically engineered organisms.

Dr. Anne Kapuscinski, of the University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and the Institute for Social, Economic and Ecological Sustainability, considers hypothetical large scale release of a genetically modified salmon and Dr. Norman Ellstrand, of the University of California-Riverside Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, considers a hypothetical maize genetically modified to express an industrial chemical.

These video lectures demonstrate the assessment path through the Manual flowcharts and would be an excellent accompaniment to biosafety trainings.

Single sets of the videotapes are being made available at no cost to international biosafety training organizations and to biosafety focal points, trainers, and researchers in G-77 countries and in Central and Eastern Europe. All others are asked to reimburse the costs of tape duplication, handling, and mailing.

To make enquiries or request a set of tapes, please contact:

The Edmonds Institute
20319-92nd Avenue West
Edmonds, Washington 98020
USA

email: beb@igc.org

If ordering tapes, please indicate whether NTSC or PAL format.

Note: Because of the expense in producing and distributing these materials, no more than two requests for complimentary copies can be honored from any one country. All complimentary copies will be made available with the understanding that complimentary copies are to be shared.

Order Form for Ordering the Videotapes from:

The Edmonds Institute
20319-92nd Avenue West
Edmonds, Washington 98020
USA

Your Name:

Your Position:

Your email address:

Do you have a copy of the (two-volume) Manual?

Tape Format you require (PAL or NTSC):

Your mailing address as it must appear on a package in order for the package to reach you:

Thank you.

 


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