Defining biotechnology - carefully

Anthony V. Arundel, Brigitte van Beuzekom, Iain Gillespie

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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 of the problems that definitional issues have created, in his opinion, for regulation. He then turns to the report OECD Biotechnology Statistics 2006 (http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/51/59/36760212.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’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)331-332
    Number of pages2
    JournalTrends in Biotechnology
    Volume25
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007

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