遺伝子組換え生物および同食品の安全性に関する米国議会における最新の公聴会の情報。 10月５日と１０月6日--＞English Version
以下にASPPとあるのは”American Society of Plant Physiologists（米国植物生理学会）"です。また、６日の追加証言にたったメンバーのうちDr. Brian Larkins は当研究室のトウモロコシ穀粒におけるタンパク質蓄積機構の長年の共同研究者であり総説（A Look byond Transcription 1998：Roles of actin in translation 執筆中）の共同執筆者でもあります。
In Congressional hearings held in the U.S. House and Senate Tuesday,
October 5 and Wednesday, October 6, many ASPP member witnesses provided testimony which
explained a number of the benefits offered by plant research using biotechnology.
ASPP members Jim Cook and Mike Thomashow presented testimony before the House Science
Subcommittee on Basic Research on Tuesday. Their written statements can be found on
the House Science Committee website at http://www.house.gov/science/106_hearing.htm#Basic_Research
In the hearing held by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry yesterday (Wednesday), testimony was presented by ASPP members Brian Larkins, Bob Buchanan, Charles Arntzen, Ralph Hardy, John Ohlrogge, Ray Bressan, Dean Della Penna, and Roger Beachy. Senate Agriculture also held a follow-up hearing today with representatives from USDA, EPA and FDA, Consumers Union, NAS, and farm producer and refiner groups. Chairman Lugar relied on and cited information presented yesterday by ASPP scientists on several occasions as he conducted today's follow-up hearing. The Committee video taped the October 6 hearing of ASPP members and will edit it for use in dealings with European representatives concerning trade issues. The statements of the witnesses and Chairman at yesterday's hearing can be found at: http://www.senate.gov/~agriculture/wit99106.htm
From the Committee Chair, to the committee staff to people in attendance, we heard comments remarking about the good preparation the scientists' statements reflected. A number of media representatives were in attendance and there has been national press coverage.
The hearings provided an influential audience of policy makers and attending media convincing examples of the value offered by research using modern transformation technologies. Members of the congressional committees and attending media heard more about the safety of research using biotechnology and the value-added foods and renewal energy sources that will be coming with the next generation of biotech products. Hearings like this provide facts needed by supporters in the Congress to help fend off anti-biotech proposals. The testimony and responses to questions by ASPP members also cited the value of Congressional support for basic plant research.
Tuesday and Wednesday were an extraordinary two days in which ten ASPP members
and their colleagues provided compelling reasons for supporting research using
biotechnology. It was a splendid job made possible by the considerable dedication of
time and thoughtful input by the participants.
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