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Defining biotechnology - carefully


Arundel, A and van Beuzekom, B and Gillespie, I, Defining biotechnology - carefully, Trends in Biotechnology, 25, (8) pp. 331-332. ISSN 0167-7799 (2007) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2007.06.004


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 (! 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 Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Innovation management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Arundel, A (Professor Anthony Arundel)
ID Code:75689
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Australian Innovation Research Centre
Deposited On:2012-02-09
Last Modified:2012-02-23

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