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PEGASUS

Public perception of genetically modified animals – Science, utility and society

Funder: 7th Framework Programme
Timeline: August 2009 - July 2012
Investigators: N Vazquez Salat and B Salter at King's College London

Successful technological developments in the area of genetic modification of animals, particularly in the context of the derivation and production of novel foods, and other products such as biopharmaceuticals, will depend on developing a European policy that takes into account the advantages and disadvantages of the field including the impact of public perceptions of GM animals and their applications. PEGASUS aims to provide policy support regarding the development, implementation and commercialisation of GM animals, and derivative foods and pharmaceutical products within the EU.

An initial scoping exercise will highlight the scientific, socioeconomic, environmental and ethical concerns surrounding the GM animal debate. The reports will focus on the EU level but will also take into account the international arena, particularly the US and India. A second part of the PEGASUS programme will focus on 3 selected case studies (aquatic, terrestrial and pharmaceutical) to further understand particular policy issues that might arise if introduced in the EU.

Our project (Work Package 6) will examine the existing European and international policy context of GM animals. The project will produce an initial report identifying key players on the GM animal debate, analyse the current regulatory landscape and provide an overview of the governance within the pharmaceutical and breeding industries. The results provided by our consortium colleagues will be assessed against our initial template in order to identify gaps in the regulatory framework when measured against the need to maximise scientific and economic progress whilst at the same time protecting the safety and cultural interests of EU citizens. Due consideration of separate policy needs associated with the 3 case studies will be provided if appropriate.

For further information, please visit the PEGASUS website.
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