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Integrating scientific knowledge & public values in shaping the futures of biotechnology
‘Changing the Landscape of Graduate Education’
GES Center to launch NSF-funded AgBioFEWS graduate program, blending natural and social sciences to train next-gen problem-solvers in agricultural biotechnology.
Gould quoted in C&EN: Building bioethics into the future of life sciences innovation
Scientists who refuse to engage with ethicists and the public will find themselves at a disadvantage. “Just because you are a scientist and have invented something doesn’t mean you have authority over it,” says Fred Gould, an entomologist and co-director of the Genetic Engineering & Society Center at North Carolina State University. He points to the National Academies report’s advocacy of participatory decision-making. Resistance from the science community based on ethicists and the public not fully understanding the science wears thin, he says. “You are a pretty poor scientist if you can’t explain what these things are about to an ethicist,” he says.
GES faculty Zachary Brown and Fred Gould, together with Lucy Carter of CSIRO, have edited and published Proceedings of the Environmental Release of Engineered Pests: Building an International Governance Framework Conference in BMC Journals. See full articles from the journalSee all GES Publications