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Need for regulation in Gene modified algae ! 5

I have been harping on need for regulation in Gene modifying. More so in the case of gene modifying algae for fuel.

There are algae that can double itself every few hours.
There are algae that can go far in the wind.
They all can become difficult to contain.

I have every now and then given the example of the financial crisis that emanated from the famous sub prime
selling of houses in usa. Then bundling financial products from the sale of sub prime houses to other banks and the banks then sold such debts as derived products to banks in other countries.

There was chaos and the markets tanked.
Everyone later analysed and said the reason for such a collapse of the financial market was because of lack of Regulation.

A 2008 US Government Accountability Office report, found half a dozen documented cases where GMO were released unintentionally.

"Moreover, the actual number of unauthorized releases is unknown," the report notes.

Unlike genetically modified corn, which has been used for some 15 years, similarly altered algae are newcomers to the scene and have not been tried outdoors before.

"Being a nascent industry, there are no existing standards for various aspects of algal biofuels production," said an Energy Department algae road map issued last month.

Before genetically modified strains make a debut in ponds, regulators and researchers must assess potential environmental risks.
Formulate guidelines.
The Government or the Governments the worldover should put in money to make risk assessment and set guidelines.
Urgently.

Read an article by Dina Fine Maraon NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2010/07/22/22climatewire-the-race-to-make-fuel-out-of-algae-poses-ris-80037.html?pagewanted=2&sq=algae&st=cse&scp=4
Sat July 31 2010 11:06:44 PM by Shankar GM algae  |  risks  |  rewards  |  regultion 1795 views

Comments - 5

  • Krupali wrote:
    Sat July 31 2010 11:42:24 PM

    Yes. I have noticed that you have been waxing eloquent about the need for a regulator.
    This oneis a constructive suggestion.
    I like the arguments that you have put forward and the article by Dina Fine Maron.
    Thanks for the informative article and constructive suggestion.

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  • Krupali wrote:
    Sat July 31 2010 11:42:42 PM

    Yes. I have noticed that you have been waxing eloquent about the need for a regulator.
    This oneis a constructive suggestion.
    I like the arguments that you have put forward and the article by Dina Fine Maron.
    Thanks for the informative article and constructive suggestion.

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  • Krupali wrote:
    Sat July 31 2010 11:42:48 PM

    Yes. I have noticed that you have been waxing eloquent about the need for a regulator.
    This oneis a constructive suggestion.
    I like the arguments that you have put forward and the article by Dina Fine Maron.
    Thanks for the informative article and constructive suggestion.

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  • Krupali wrote:
    Sat July 31 2010 11:42:51 PM

    Yes. I have noticed that you have been waxing eloquent about the need for a regulator.
    This oneis a constructive suggestion.
    I like the arguments that you have put forward and the article by Dina Fine Maron.
    Thanks for the informative article and constructive suggestion.

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  • Isabella wrote:
    Sun August 01 2010 08:59:20 AM

    Very nice point. There is a need for clear guidelines and an agency to monitor the Gene modification efforts. Should it be on same scale as that of monitoring Nuclear power plants ? I dont know.

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