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Date:

April 2, 2000

Subject:

KEEPING UP WITH "GENETICALLY MODIFIED" NEWS

 

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KEEPING UP WITH "GENETICALLY MODIFIED" NEWS
(From ISB News Report http://www.isb.vt.edu)

As the debate on the merits of genetically modified (GM) food rages,
it has become necessary for scientists and other biotechnology
professionals to keep abreast of the daily news on this topic. There
is a steady stream of newspaper and magazine articles along with
letters to the editors published worldwide daily. How does one keep
up with this deluge of news? Of course, the magic and power of the
Internet is the answer. One comprehensive and steady source of news
on GM crops is `Agnet,' a daily email bulletin from Doug Powell,
mailto:dpowell@uoguelph.ca, of the University of Guelph, Canada. To
subscribe to Agnet, send mail to:
mailto:listserv@listserv.uoguelph.ca ; leave subject line blank and
in the body of the message type: subscribe agnet-L firstname
lastname; e.g., `subscribe agnet-L Doug Powell'. You can also access
the Agnet archive at:
http://www.plant.uoguelph.ca/riskcomm/archives/agnet-archives.htm.

Klaus Ammann, mailto:kammann@sgi.unibe.ch, from the University of
Bern in Switzerland, runs a private email discussion group in which
he forwards interesting news and scientific articles related to
environmental risk and food safety issues of GM crops along with
pertinent comments. To subscribe, please send him an email requesting
to be included in his mailing list. You can also sign up to receive
periodic information on GM crops and participate in a discussion on
these issues from a site run by the author at
http://www.agbioworld.org, also archived at
http://agbioview.listbot.com.

One can also subscribe to electronic news wire feeds that track
stories from various sources and then email subscribers with
headlines linked to sites of origin for access to the full text
story. While most of these charge you a fee, e.g.,
http://www.lexis-nexis.com, one such service is free and provides you
with a fairly comprehensive coverage: http://www.individual.com. With
this service, you can set pre-programmed searches using keywords.
Another service, which does charge a modest fee ($60/yr) but
maintains a wider database, is the Electric Library
(http://www.tracker.elibrary.com), which also tracks radio and
television programs.

Most web portals such as Yahoo (http://yahoo.com) and news sites such
as CNN (http://cnn.com) now let you personalize your site with key
words for news preferences, thus enabling you to obtain customized
news. Also available is `push' technology-based customized news
delivered directly to your desktop computer from
http://www.entrypoint.com. Getting your daily dose of news on
agricultural biotechnology is now as close as your computer!

C. S. Prakash
Tuskegee University