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Arundel, A and Beuzekom van, B and Gillespie, I (2007) Defining biotechnology - carefully. Trends in Biotechnology, 25 (8). pp. 331-332.

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Abstract

Henry Miller's opinion piece, Biotech's defining moments
[1], in the February issue of Trends in Biotechnology, raises
the important problem of how to define biotechnology and
some ofthe problems that definitional issues have created,
in his opinion, for regulation. He then turns to the report
GEeD Biotechnology Statistics 2006 (http://www.oecd.org!
dataoeccl/51159/36760212.pdf), which he cites as an 'egregious
and recent example of definitional dysfunction' that
partly uses a broad definition of biotechnology that would
'yield worthless results'. He concludes that 'the data in the
OECD report are garbage'.
Being responsible for the report, we are bemused by
Miller's scathing review. The irony is that we share his
concerns over the need to carefully define biotechnology -
which is precisely what the report does.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Trends in Biotechnology
Page Range: pp. 331-332
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2007.06.004
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Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 04:33
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2012 04:33
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