Comparative analysis of the risk-handling procedures for Gene technology applications in medical and plant science

Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (3):465-479 (2006)
In this paper we analyse how the risks associated with research on transgenic plants are regulated in Sweden. The paper outlines the way in which pilot projects in the plant sciences are overseen in Sweden, and discusses the international and national background to the current regulatory system. The historical, and hitherto unexplored, reasons for the evolution of current administrative and legislative procedures in plant science are of particular interest. Specifically, we discuss similarities and differences in the regulation of medicine and plant science, and we examine the tendency towards dichotomizing risk — focusing on social/ethical risks in medicine and biological risks in plant science. The context of this article is the Synpraxia research project, an inter-disciplinary program combining expertise in sciences and the humanities.
Keywords gene technology  medical ethics  World War II  plant science  public opinion
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-006-0045-4
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