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'Genetically Modified Organisms' Topic of Biotechnology Symposium

Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-03-24

A biotechnology conference, “National and Global Implications of Genetically Modified Organisms: Law, Ethics and Science,” will be held Wednesday, March 31, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Children’s Harbor building in downtown Birmingham. The public is invited free of charge.

The symposium is presented by the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, the Center for Ethics and Values in the Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and The Cumberland Law Review.

Presenters and topics are: David E. Adelman, professor, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, “Genomics-Guided Agricultural Biotechnology”; Marsha Echols, professor , Howard University School of Law, “GMOs as an International Trade Issue;” Charles R. McManis, professor, Washington University School of Law, “The Promise and Peril of GM Agriculture in the Developing World”; Gregory Pence, philosophy and medical ethics professor, UAB, “Four Worldviews on Genetically Modified Food, or Greenpeace versus Monsanto”; and C.S. Prakash, director of Tuskegee University’s Center for Plant Biotechnology Research, “Can GMOs Help Developing Countries in their Quest for Food Security?”.

Cumberland student Elizabeth Bowles will present “Andhra Pradesh, India, as a Case Study in Perspectives on GMOs.” Cumberland professor David Smolin, director of the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics, will also speak.

A box lunch will be provided. The Children’s Harbor building is located at 1600 6th Avenue South. For information, call Smolin at (205) 726-2418.


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