Friday, December 08, 2006

Genomics

Initial enthusiasm with the possibility of creating new medicines and food crops through genomics, aimed at relieving world hunger and disease, is giving way to a growing sense of dismay: progress has been slow and, as so often in the past, science alone won't stand a chance of changing anything.
It's crucial to change the way institutions work (governments, development agencies, international laws and regulations) and to let the people who are most going to apply and benefit from new genomics technology - people in the developing countries - have a bigger say in the whole process.
This is one of the most important issues of present time, in my personal view.
Recommended read: Genomics for Development?

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