Harold Coward


In the context of India, Genetic Engineering research and technology is well underway. The Government of India has issued statements indicating that India "will fully utilize the availability of genetic engineering resources ... for maximizing output besides working out a sustainable program ...." Between November 22, 1998 and March 21, 1999 no less than 32 stories of genetic engineering research or technology developments appeared in India media sources - particularly the PTI News Agency and the Inter-Press Service in Delhi. The research spans a wide range from genetic studies of the human population of the Indian sub-continent to various agricultural applications, often involving multinational corporations such as Monsanto. While the latter have evoked significant farmers' protest movements causing the government to reverse its policy decisions, the former seem to have engendered little media comment or public response.

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