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Scientists Enthusiastic About Potential for Genetically Engineered Animals

August 19, 2009
“We have the first approval in the United States – I see so many exciting things coming in the future from GE (genetically engineered) animals – now is our time” urged a scientist attending the 7th Transgenic Animal Research Conference in Tahoe, Calif., August 17-21. There are compelling benefits from the research and development of GE animals for society such as advancing human health, improving foods, enhancing animal welfare and reducing the environmental footprint of livestock production. What strikes me is that over 120 international scientists are convening to discuss the cutting edge science and research with GE animals. And there is tremendous enthusiasm that I witnessed last evening during the opening reception.

The field of GE animals scientifically is embraced and active world-wide. There are speakers here from all over the world: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.

BIO is excited to be sponsoring this meeting and to have a unique opportunity to bridge the alliance within the entire Industry. We want to seek unity of purpose and strength toward equivalency in science policy and regulations world-wide. BIO is presenting here in Tahoe for the first time its “BIO Guidance for Genetically Engineered Animal Stewardship.” The Guidance is meant to provide guidelines for all product developers of GE animals – in academia, government institutions and in academic institutions. We are thrilled with this opportunity to receive comment and feedback.

This conference with its focus on research is an excellent complement to BIO's new “Livestock Biotech Summit” being planned for late September 2010 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. More to come as the week unfolds!