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The Role and Rule of Law: The Global Development of Food Biotechnology

The Role and Rule of Law

The Global Development of Food Biotechnology

Geneticist and lawyer Gary Marchant explains ways that law could more effectively address ethical and social concerns about biotechnology.

15 Nov 2007, Oregon State University


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Gary Marchant is the Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law, and Ethics at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He is also a Professor of Life Sciences at ASU, and Executive Director of the ASU Center for the Study of Law, Science and Technology. Professor Marchant has a PhD in Genetics from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government, and a law degree from Harvard. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 1999, he was a partner in a Washington DC law firm where his practice focused on environmental and administrative law. At ASU, Gary teaches environmental, food, genetic, and drug law, and has studied the legal aspects of risk assessment, biotechnology, and nanotechnology.

Are genetically engineered foods safe? Should biotech products have mandatory labels? Under what circumstances can nations restrict imports of GE foods? Should genes and organisms be patented? The law ultimately decides these and other difficult questions about biotechnology. Gary’s Food for Thought lecture examines how and if these decisions can be made in a fair, scientifically credible, and socially acceptable manner.


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