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AgBioFEWS Cohort 3 – Omics for AgBiotech Regulation: Choices and Consequences | Final Spring GES Colloquium!

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Omics for AgBiotech Regulation: Choices and Consequences In-Person

Modesta Abugu, Rex Alirigia, Rebekah Brown, Asa Budnick, Eric Butoto, Greg Ferraro, Jill Furguson, Chris Gillespie, Nick Loschin, Amanda Mainello, Nolan Speicher, and Ruthie Stokes, NC State University

AgBioFEWS Cohort 3 discusses an ongoing interdisciplinary effort that seeks to better understand the implications of -omics technologies for regulatory oversight of agricultural products. IN-PERSON ONLY, NO ZOOM

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The rapid development of omics technologies coincides with calls for their use in risk assessment and governance of agricultural biotechnology. Such calls date back to at least 2016, when a NASEM advisory committee proposed -omics technologies as an adequate response to the regulatory challenges posed by CRISPR gene editing and synthetic biology. In this project, we survey the landscape of argumentative positions on the use of omics in agricultural biotechnology governance, identifying prominent themes of regulatory concern along the way. We then turn our attention to a typical -omics workflow, highlighting the ways in which key decision points in experimental design and analysis can bear consequence on these broader regulatory concerns. In doing so, we suggest that omics technologies pose an array of more-than-technical dilemmas whose management will require cross-sector collaboration and innovative approaches to sociotechnical decision-making.


AgBioFEWS Fellows are Ph.D. candidates across multidisciplinary fields of study collaboratively examining the science, policy, and public engagement aspects and impacts of Agricultural Biotechnology on Food, Energy, and Water.

GES Colloquium is jointly taught by Drs. Jen Baltzegar and Dawn Rodriguez-Ward, who you may contact with any class-specific questions. Colloquium will be held in person in the 1911 Building, room 129, and live-streamed via Zoom.

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April 23
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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