Odd Coalition Warns Capitol Hill About Synthetic Biology

Friends of the Earth joined forces today with the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environmental Research Center, a well-known advocate of clean coal technology, to present a new report on Synthetic Biology to Congressional staffers. While the report specifically vilifies the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), representatives of BIO, including myself, were physically barred from attending the presentation.
The report contains a great deal of factual information about progress in synthetic biology and algae research, along with an accurate depiction of many groups’ and countries’ shared vision for a bioeconomy. But unfortunately, the information is garbled within an anti-corporate, anti-science and anti-biotech agenda, coupled with a failure to distinguish between technologies that are in use today and merely theoretical discussions at university labs.

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3 Responses

  1. It’s not right that they wouldn’t allow you in to represent yourselves against these attacks. Can you give some more information on the members of congress that the staffers belong to?

    • Thanks, I don’t know how many staffers attended, but I do know the briefing rooms require a Congressional sponsor, which in this case was Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), so I’d assume at least one of his staff was there.

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