Genetic Engineering: Questions of Ethics and Effectiveness

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Case Code : BECG079 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 300;
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Case Length : 17 Pages
Period : 1990-2007
Pub Date : 2007
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : -
Industry : Agri-products
Countries : Worldwide


Genetic Engineering (GE) is a controversial issue, with environmentalists, scientists, public interest groups, and governments debating the safety and viability of GE. The case traces the growth and development of GE and attempts to analyze the benefits and drawbacks of GE and Genetically Modified (GM) crops and animals. It also discusses the general public opinion and government legislations on GM foods. The case ends with a brief discussion on recent developments concerning GM crops.


To understand GE and the debate surrounding it

To analyze the advantages and disadvantages of GE

To critically analyze the future prospects of GM foods and GE


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
Genetic Engineering: The Benefits 4
The Downside 6
Cost of GM Seed Technology 9
GE: Still Facing Opposition 9
Exhibits 11


Pros and cons of Genetic Engineering, Business risk, Ethical issues and Genetically Modified crops, Monsanto, Marketing GM foods, Genetic contamination, Public opinion, Bt Cotton, Pharming

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