The science review centres on particular scientific topics being debated widely by the science community and others. The Forum closed for contributions on 15 October.
This section of the science review considers future developments in the science of genetic modification - the traits that might be introduced, the organisms that might be modified and the methodological advances that could simplify risk assessment or the regulation of this technology. What are the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead and what are the time scales? Can GM crops be developed which have significant health advantages for our human populations, whether in the UK or overseas?
Overview of current biotechnological developments, with
observations on potential benefits and risks, published by the AEBC
in April 2002 (Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission)