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By Heather Sheehy (auth.), Bartha M. Knoppers, Alan D. Mathios (eds.)

Biotechnology is a quickly constructing area of the economic system for coun­ attempts in the course of the global. This fast improvement has ended in heated debate over its hazards and merits. Advocates of biotechnology element to the aptitude advantages provided by way of items that promise to elimi­ nate illness, supply for extra effective diagnostic options, remedies and medicine, yield elevated meals construction, etc. Others worry that the swift advancements of this know-how have happened with no applicable attention having been given to the moral ramifications, the capability wellbeing and fitness dangers and long term envi­ ronmental affects, implications for source of revenue distribution, and power for abuse. shoppers and manufacturers percentage situation for the way forward for biotechnology: the realities or even the perceptions, knowledgeable or differently. This publication is the result of a study undertaking on Biotechnology and the patron subsidized via the place of work of client Affairs of Canada. The undertaking used to be designed to foster expert public coverage on biotechnology and particularly, to give a contribution to and tell the Canadian government's improvement of a Canadian Biotechnology technique. The workplace funded a bunch of authors to arrange a chain of analytical papers on quite a number purchaser and informational concerns concerning biotechnology. This undertaking additionally concerned an period in-between workshop within which the authors provided their papers, and culmi­ nated in a symposium on Biotechnology and the shopper curiosity, hung on September 24-25, 1997, in Ottawa, Canada.

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Prepared for the Office of Consumer Affairs. Ottawa: Industry Canada. Varian, H. R. (1996). Economic issues facing the internet. L. 3007A, Holland Cross, Tower A, Suite 709, Ottawa, Ontario, KIA OK9, Canada. ca. At the time of writing she was with the Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada. Marc Legault is a Senior Policy Analyst, International Investment and Services Policy, Industry Canada, 235 Queen Street, Room 502B, Ottawa, Ontario, KIA OH5, Canada. At the time of writing he was with the Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada.

For example, if a firm in the biotechnology sector created a genetically-altered prototype of an animal, should it be allowed to protect its investment through patent protection? In August 1995, patent protection was denied to researchers of Harvard University for a genetically-engineered mouse which they had developed to aid in scientific research. The Commissioner of Patents ruled that a genetically-altered mammal was now under the control of nature and thus could not be patented under Canadian law.

These values depend on how much the individual trusts the two sources of information. The media may report, for example, that based on scientific evidence, there is no risk posed by consuming some new product. If the decision maker does not trust this source of information (either because he/she does not trust the medium where the information was presented, or because he/she does not trust experts' opinions), then Pwill be zero, and the "updated" risk estimate will not differ from the original.

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