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Event Description

"Biotechnology and the New Nature of Food" is a Northwestern University public outreach program to help the general public understand genetic technology and its application to our food supply.

A panel of four experts will discuss — in language understandable to nonscientists — the scientific, ethical, and regulatory issues surrounding genetically modified food.

Schedule of Events (speaker bios can be found here)

10:00 am - Professor Albert Farbman, conference co-organizer

10:05 am - Biotechnology in Agriculture, Dr. Martina Newell-McGloughlin

10:25 am - Why Designer Foods Are Unlikely To Solve Nutritional Health Problems and Might Create More of Them, Dr. Gary Nabhan

10:45 am - Safety Assessment of Pesticidal Proteins in Food Crops, Chris Wozniak

11:05 am - New Science and the Myths of Agricultural Biotechnology, Charles Benbrook

11:25 am - Panel Discussion

12:30 pm - Conclusion

Programmatic Support:

This conference is supported by Northwestern University's Department of Neurobiology and Physiology; Office of the President; Office of the Provost; Office of the Dean, Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Office of the Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations; Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology; and Science in Human Culture Program.

For more information, please contact the Department of Neurobiology and Physiology by phone (847/491-5521) or e-mail Mike Kennedy by clicking here.


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