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2012-08-14
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2011-11-04
Risk is attached to any human activity. There is no zero risk in biotechnology neither of any new crop. As zero risk does not exist only relative risk can be estimated. This is possible only by comparing data of at least two comparable situations with and without the object under study...
2009-09-29
Any new crop introduced in the environment represents certain risk. The task of science consists in assessing the risk of a new crop before it is introduced in the praxis. Long term observations then tune the assessment. In order to compare new crops from the point of risk they bring to the environment and to human and animal health identical testing is indispensable...
2009-09-29
High production of the first-rate food depends largely on efficient cultivars that have traditionally been obtained by random mutations folowed by hybridization of selected plants. This approach builds on the limited endogenous genetic resources of each species. Modern science developed sofisticated genetic modifications (GM) by which the innate resources can be enriched by genes taken from other organisms. Transferred genes confer a new useful trait, for example resistance to insect pests.
2009-06-16
Divided to five parts now available on YouTube
2009-03-03
Scientific approach to biotechnology regulation
Jaroslav Drobník (1) and Helena Štěpánková (2)
(1) Dep. of Genetics and Microbiology, Fac. of Science, Charles University, Prague
(2) Association BIOTRIN, Prague, Czech Republic
2008-10-02
The method of recombinant DNA is another historical cornerstone in breeding after Mendel’s formulation of heredity laws. Unfortunately this achievement of science has been misused by politics. European politicians and certain pressure groups convinced public about the dangerous nature of transgenosis. This generated the public fear of GMO. Populist politicians reacted by more restrictive rules that are naturally understood by public as a consequence of certain adverse effects of GMO discovered during their use and the refusing of “Frankenstein food” escalates, etc.
OPEN LETTER TO
THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF BIOTECHNOLOGY PUBLIC RESEARCH & REGULATION INITATIVE ASSOCIATION FRANÇAISE POUR L'INFORMATION SCIENTIFIQUE (AFIS)
2008-06-15
Dear colleagues, Dear friends.
I appreciate very much the steps you are taking to push the EU politics in biotechnology near to rational basis. However, I am convinced that it is our duty to use any opportunity to stress the fact that this politics, this regulation, is basically in contradiction to science with no regard how the attributes are improved in details.
2008-06-08
Last century brought several biotechnology methods in breeding and plant and animal propagation. This contribution is focused on plant breeding, which was up to the seventies based on random occurrence of new traits. Recombinant DNA technique provided an opportunity to introduce desired new traits selectively and rationally by transgenesis. This breeding technology when used properly brings benefit to farmers, consumers and environment...
by Jaroslav Drobnik on BIOTECHNOLOGIE 2008, February 14, České Budějovice
2008-06-08
Let the science-based debate among stakeholders start soon before Europe becomes an outdoor museum of last-century agriculture
by Jaroslav Drobnik on workshop TRANSCONTAINER - Plovdiv, May 2008
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2007-11-26
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