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March 07, 2005 10:14 ET

Media Advisory/GE3LS Symposium 2005: Experts Explore Risks and Benefits of Genomics Research in Agriculture, Environment, Fisheries and Forestry


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FOR: GENOME CANADA

MARCH 7, 2005 - 10:14 ET

Media Advisory/GE3LS Symposium 2005: Experts Explore
Risks and Benefits of Genomics Research in
Agriculture, Environment, Fisheries and Forestry

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2005) - Journalists are invited
to the third annual GE3LS Symposium. It will gather experts in ethical,
environmental, economic, legal and social issues related to genomics
research (GE3LS) from around the world to debate the Social Divisions in
the Genomics Era: Issues in Agriculture, Environment, Fisheries and
Forestry



WHEN: March 13-15, 2005
WHERE: InterContinental Toronto Centre,
225 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Genomics research is expected to bring many benefits, including
environmental protection, improved agricultural productivity and
better forest management. On a societal level, as this research
continues to produce results, its unfolding is accompanied by
tensions between those who support genomics research and those who
oppose it. The symposium will explore the challenges between those
expected benefits and the risks that exist beyond human health.

SPEAKERS NOT TO MISS:

- Gnome in Genome - Fairy Tales and Genomics: This year's keynote
speaker is the distinguished Sociologist Lawrence Busch, from
Michigan Sate University. Concerns about social cohesion are found
in many fairy tales and are arguably largely about whether we shall
'live happily ever after.' Dr. Busch will examine agricultural
concerns in a unique way.
- You are what you eat: Claude Fischler from France studied
perceptions of food, body and health and their relations. He will
discuss the results from his study showing considerable national
differences, with a clear opposition between English-speaking
countries and the rest of the sample studied.
- Does society have a role?: Monica Opole from Kenya will be
examining genomics impact on the social fabric of various cultures.
She explores issues that need to be understood from a broader
perspective including roles and responsibilities at all levels of
the society.


The GE3LS Symposium is a unique opportunity to get the inside scoop of
what the hot ethical issues really are. A detailed symposium agenda,
including abstracts and bios are available at:
http://www.genomecanada.ca/ge3ls2005

Media registration is free but you must register on-site.

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Contact Information

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