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Gene Technology Report

Monitoring the development of genetic engineering in Germany

Long-term – independent – across disciplines

The Gene Technology Report is an initiative of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, a publicly funded research institution with a long tradition supporting university research in Germany. The institute has a strong focus on interdisciplinary studies, and aims to further the public understanding of the sciences and humanities.

Gene technology - or genetic engineering - is a branch of modern biotechnology. The term refers to laboratory techniques which allow researchers to manipulate an organism’s DNA and consequently alter the natural characteristics of microorganisms, plants and animals. Applications of genetic engineering have become globally well established in many areas like medical diagnostics, forensic science, or agricultural production. However, the potential benefits and risks of genetic engineering have led to fierce debates among scientists, consumer organisations, policy-makers and industry bodies.

What is desirable is an impartial 'observatory' to monitor genetic engineering and its possible repercussions. In the light of these issues, the Gene Technology Report was established in 2001. Our aim is to analyse the state and development of genetic engineering in Germany and to provide transparent information for the public. The working structure consists of an expert network and staff to establish a centre of expertise on current gene technology issues in Germany. The group documents its results in a series of German publications appearing at regular intervals.

Profile of the Gene Technology Report (pdf-document, in English)

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