Published 1996 by NABC.

A major attraction of biotechnology for investors has been the allure of new market opportunities and the prospect of revolutionary medical, food, and other products that will change our lives. However, biotechnology’s critics have long expressed concern that the unpredictability of the effects of such changes are reasons for prudence and caution. In spite of some false starts, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises, recombinant DNA biotechnology is now maturing as an important discipline that will underpin much of our biological research and development during the next century. Surprising to some is the important role of agricultural biotechnology to not only the food and feed industry, but also to the chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental, and energy industries, as new products are emerging in these marketplaces.

Speakers and participants at this meeting debated the social, ethical, economic, research, development, and commercialization issues and opportunities that the new products of biotechnology pose for consumers, farmers, industry, public interest groups, government, and universities.

Recent Submissions

  • Innovation, industrial development and the regulation of biotechnology 

    Kraus, Martine (NABC, 1996)
    The U.S. plant biotechnology industry has been positively affected by strong domestic regulation. However, European regulation has had a negative effect since companies hesitate to develop export crops for a market with ...
  • Workshop on the pharmaceutical industry 

    Ghai, Geetha; Laskin, Alan; Doyle, Dennis; Walter, Rick (NABC, 1996)
    Report on workshop discussions on the pharmaceutical industry
  • Biotechnology: Catalyst for Change in Agriculture 

    Barton, Kenneth A. (NABC, 1996)
    Biotechnology represents a powerful new tool for plant and animal breeding, and the development of new products and new uses for agriculture. Rapid product development condenses and necessitates changes in industry practice ...
  • NABC 8: An overview 

    Day, Peter R.; Meagher, Laura (NABC, 1996)
    Meeting overview
  • Workshop recommendations 

    Segelken, Jane B. (NABC, 1996)
    Recommendations coming out of the 3 workshops held during the meeting
  • Agricultural biotechnology—novel products and new partnerships 

    Unknown author (NABC, 1996)
    A major attraction of biotechnology for investors has been the allure of new market opportunities and the prospect of revolutionary medical, food, and other products that will change our lives. However, biotechnology’s ...
  • Tying It All Together 

    Paul B. Thompson (NABC, 1996)
    Opportunities, trust, and vision - conclusions drawn from the conference.
  • Novel crops and other transgenics: how green are they? 

    Goldburg, Rebecca (NABC, 1996)
    The expanding universe of biotechnology products will broaden the range of environmental risks and controversies associated with biotechnology products. Innovative new regulatory approaches are one way in which our society ...
  • Workshop on environment and energy industry 

    Byrne, Barbara; Mroczko, Jean; Decter, Stephen; Snow, Judy (NABC, 1996)
    Report on workshop discussions on the food industry
  • Genetic engineering of flavor and shelf life in fruits and vegetables 

    Evans, David A. (NABC, 1996)
    After technical, regulatory, and consumer acceptance there is an additional major hurdle in biotechnology development: intellectual property. For some technologies and genes, patents have been issued and represent barriers ...

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