Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Capitalist Tool On Synthetic Biology

Forbes published an article on August 29, 2012, warning the European Union ("EU") against excessive regulation of synthetic biology.  The article, entitled "Will Overregulation In Europe Stymie Synthetic Biology," cautions that
if the EU applies to synthetic biology its existing dysfunctional approach to genetic engineering, the former will join the latter in bypassing the continent and depriving its citizens of prodigious scientific, health and economic benefits.
The authors are Henry I. Miller, a fellow at the Stanford University Hoover Institute and the first Director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Biotechnology, and Drew Kershen, the Earl Sneed Centennial Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and international authority on the law of genetically-modified agriculture.  The article cites my article "Planted Obsolescence:  Synagriculture and the Law," discussed earlier here on Lexvivo.