Chapter 32 : Bioscience Embattled

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Euroscience was established to play a role similar to that of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It aims to influence science and technology policies in Europe, strengthen links between science and society, and provide a forum for debate on scientific issues. Although neither Euroscience nor ESOF2004 was specifically created to address what many see as a less than ideal climate for research, many voices in Stockholm did ventilate those concerns. There were, for example, alarums over public and regulatory aspects of stem cells, transgenics, and nanotechnology and discussions based on the premise that "plant genomics are regarded with deep suspicion by many consumers and policy makers. "The New England Journal of Medicine" once complained about “gene cloning by press conference,” the announcement and reporting of claims, in the early days of recombinant DNA, regardless of their real significance. It was, however, the companies courting the media in this way, rather than the journalists, who were the journal’s principal target. Another offense, even today, is the reporting of bioremediation claims based solely on laboratory scale experiments, when journalists fail to question claimants about the feasibility or likely economics of a practical process.

Citation: Dixon B. 2009. Bioscience Embattled, p 147-150. In Animalcules. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555817442.ch32
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