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Trading in Genes: Development Perspectives on Biotechnology, Trade and Sustainability

Edited By: Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz and Vicente Sanchez

294 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | Dec 2005 | #142775 | ISBN: 184407028X
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #142781 | ISBN: 1844070271
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About this book

Sustaining the new bioeconomy requires a global biotechnology governance regime to bring a large number of developing countries into the global trading system. Failure to do so will create a `genetic divide' among countries and is likely to intensify public opposition to biotechnology. This unique interdisciplinary collection of perspectives from the developing world on the debates over the relationships between biotechnology, biosafety, sustainable development and trade seeks to bridge the gap between the different areas of regulatory activities and academic research, and between the various stakeholders in the debate.

Leading experts, writing for the influential International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, examine: the risks and opportunities of biotechnology; biosafety; intellectual property rights and related issues of access to genetic resources, benefit-sharing and traditional knowledge; biotechnological development; capacity building; the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety; relevant WTO provisions; and developing countries' options in the WTO context.


Part I: Constraints and Opportunities for Developing Countries in Biotechnology and Trade - Developing Countries' Participation in the New Bioeconomy - From Biotech Innovation to the Market - Biotechnology: A Turning Point in Development or a Missed Opportunity? - Agricultural Biotechnology - Biotechnology Impacts on Industry Competitiveness in Developing Countries - Case Study: Meeting Colombia's Agricultural Needs through Biotechnology - Part II: Regulatory Framework for Biotechnology, Biosafety and Trade - Intellectual Property Protection - Closing in on Biopiracy - The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - Building Sound Governance Structures for the Safe Application of Biotechnology - Mapping the Connections of the SPS and TBT Agreements to Trade in Biotechnology - Addressing Developing Countries' Concerns Related to the WTO - Looking Forward - Appendices, Index

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Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz is Executive Director of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Vicente Sanchez is Visiting Professor at the United Nations University's Institute of Advanced Studies

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