Mismatched Regulation: Genetically Modified Mosquitoes and the Coordinated Framework for Biotechnology
28 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2018
Date Written: November 1, 2017
Under the Coordinated Framework for Regulation of Biotechnology, the federal government has long relied on a patchwork of laws to oversee genetically modified organisms. The Framework was criticized as inadequate from the outset, and new techniques for manipulating genes or editing entire genomes offer further challenges to the Framework’s adequacy and consistency. The federal government’s response to the proposed release of a genetically modified mosquito offers a useful case study regarding the shortcomings of the Framework. Ideally, the decision-making process for biotechnologies would assess and manage relevant risks, acknowledge and address sources of uncertainty and ignorance, engage stakeholders and the public and attempt to reflect their values, and build public confidence that the process is effective and legitimate.
Keywords: biotechnology, Coordinated Framework, risk management, emerging technology
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