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Genetics and the future of Europe

John Martin

John Martin, University College London (UK)
"Profit motivation is an effective incentive that should not be looked down upon, but encouraged."

The role of industrial research

 

  • Some participants asserted that dynamic industrial research is a key driving force for progress in the life sciences and for translating this progress into tangible benefits. "Profit motivation is an effective incentive that should not be looked down upon, but encouraged."(1) "We should worry, instead, about Europe lagging behind the USA in the biotechnology sector."(2)

 

Els Torreele

Els Torreele, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)
"Might private interests and the lack of transparency regarding technology choices be a cause of citizens' mistrust of biological research?"

  • Others, however, fear that industry's profit motive will be an obstacle to carrying out global priorities, as attested by "the poor state of research on infectious diseases or livestock pathologies prevalent in tropical countries"(3). Lastly, "Might private interests and the lack of transparency regarding technology choices be a cause of citizens' mistrust of biological research?"(4)

 

 

 

(1) John Martin, University College London (UK)
(2) John Purvis, Member of the European Parliament
(3) Patrick Cunningham, Trinity College Dublin (IR)
(4) Els Torreele, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)

     
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