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-- David C. Magnus, PhD, Assistant Professor
in the Department of Medical Ethics at the University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been named
by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman to a
new Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century
Agriculture. Magnus also serves as the Graduate Studies
in Bioethics Director at PENN.
The 18-person Committee on Biotechnology
and 21st Century Agriculture is charged with examining
the long-term impacts of biotechnology on the U.S. food
and agriculture system and providing guidance to the
USDA on pressing individual issues related to the application
of biotechnology in agriculture. Appointees will serve
one- or two-year terms; and may be reappointed to serve
up to six years. The Committee's membership includes
leaders in biotechnology, food and seed industries,
farmers, environmental and consumer organizations, academia,
international plant research centers, and produce shippers
"I am pleased to serve on this committee.
The complexity of the ethical, social, and scientific
issues associated with biotechnology and agriculture
make it imperative that thoughtful, careful reflection
should guide our deliberations," states Magnus.
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