Biotechnology in Latin America: Politics, Impacts, and Risks by Patrick N. Peritore

By Patrick N. Peritore

The various demanding situations posed via the expansion of biotechnology were keenly felt in Latin the United States. This paintings examines how biotechnology might be made to serve constructing countries instead of supply one other direction for exploitation by way of First-World undefined.

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5 Biotechnology seems to be following the product cycle. The enabling R&D phase, and development-production phase, should yield steeply ascending growth, market expansion, and high monopoly profits. 6 Profits go to the first entrants in this product cycle, that is, the creators of major technological packages, and this consideration motivates government-industry-university linkages and strong international competition for cartel-like vertical integration. As the industry matures, and its patents expire, it probably will follow the decentralizing trend of the postmodern economy, with the corporations becoming research, information, and coordination centers for world networks of laboratories and production facilities sited where skilled labor is cheap and regulation light.

N. , an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and currently a visiting associate professor at the University of Auckland-Tamaki Campus, New Page xi Zealand, has received several grants, including a Fulbright-Hays to India in 1990. He has done field research in the area of left politics, liberation theology, and the environment in India, China, and Latin America, and more particularly in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Mexico. The author of over twenty scholarly articles and Socialism, Communism, and Liberation Theology in Brazil (1990), Dr.

Biotech firms in Britain are capitalized at $3 billion. The government gives outright grants of up to 25 percent of risk capital for start-up ventures and large sums for collaborative research. Recent changes in stock-exchange rules enabled firms to enter the market to raise capital. Regulation of research and release continues to be extremely weak, being done on a case-by-case basis, but the United Kingdom eventually will be forced to harmonize its outmoded and admittedly deficient regulatory schema with European Community standards.

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