Risk and regulatory culture: Governing recombinant DNA technology in the UK from 1970–1980

Farah Huzair*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The first discussions relating to the regulation of recombinant DNA technology in the UK occurred in 1970, and were independent of similar discussions happening in the US from 1973. UK regulatory authorities were differently motivated by the range of concerns around risk posed by the new technology. UK authorities implemented a framework that was informed by a specific culture that had roots in scientific and laboratory work practices. The paper reflects on the early close relationships between UK biotechnology industry and university laboratory spaces, and the central concern around laboratory safety and workers rights.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Early online date24 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • biotechnology
  • DNA
  • regulation
  • UK

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