Sean McGovern asked:
> After reprinting some articles on Terminator Technology in our
> newsletter, we have received several calls from readers concerned
> about the proliferation of the Terminator Technology for domestic
> use and export.
> Is anyone aware of an organized campaign to appeal to appropriate
> parties to halt the domestic/export use of this technology?
RAFI, Rural Advancement Fund International, has an international
campaign on this and other DNA-splicing technologies. See their Web
Their Geno-Types site includes info on their global campaigns on
DNA-splicing, including Terminator:
Here is their repository of Terminator-related documents:
Leora Broydo wrote an article for /Mother Jones/ magazine...here's
She also discusses the public/private marriage that let USDA monies
support Delta Land and Pine's development of their Terminator gene.
The question here is what happens when public sector research no
longer "pays off" adequately to private sector scientists (licensing
agreements, secrecy provisions, etc.), and how the public sector
responds to that.
Did you know that the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 lets
corporations provide funding to USDA for research projects, and gives
them exclusive licenses on patented inventions that result from a
given project? It also exempts their work with USDA researchers from
the Freedom of Information Act. (Source, the above URL.)
Zeneca is seeking to patent a new Terminator mechanism, based on rat
genes. I'm posting RAFI's press release on that separately.
Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
Voice: (608) 262-8018 FAX: (608) 265-3020
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from them. There were great numbers of people who needed
new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for
themselves." --John Wayne
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