Crop Biotech Update

Social Responsibility in Promoting Transgenics

May 21, 2010

Scientists in the transgenic field should actively participate in sharing information about the technology while media should report on genetic modification (GM) developments in a comprehensive, scientific and positive way. By sharing this social responsibility together, they can promote the rapid development of transgenic technology and industry. This was forwarded by Prof. Lin Min, director of the Biotechnology Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and member of China Biotechnology Information Center committee of experts, during a symposium in Beijing last May 17, 2010. More than 200 participants from the mainstream media, related research institutes and universities attended this symposium.

Lin Min talked about transgenic biotechnology research and application. He analyzed China's GMO technology and future development trends. In particular he stressed the importance of GM popularization activities noting that the general public, media and even some scholars have misconceptions of biotechnology.

For more information about this symposium, contact Prof. Zhang Hongxiang at zhanghx@mail.las.ac.cn or Dr. Yue Tongqing at yuetq@mail.las.ac.cn