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The Use and Abuse of Science in Policymaking

10 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2012  

Henry I. Miller

Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace

Date Written: July 9, 2012

Abstract

The modern techniques of genetic engineering offer plant breeders the tools to make old organisms do spectacular new things. Based on empirical data and scientific principles, there is unequivocal scientific consensus that genetic engineering is no less safe than other, traditional methods of gene manipulation, yet genetic engineering is controlled by strict regulation in both the United States and abroad while the other forms face dramatically lower regulatory hurdles. This article examines the science, politics, and consequences of this difference and argues for a more rational policy.

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Miller, Henry I., The Use and Abuse of Science in Policymaking (July 9, 2012). Regulation, Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2102814

Henry I. Miller (Contact Author)

Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305-6010
United States

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