22 Loy. L.A. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 453 (1999-2000)
GMO: Genetically Modified Organism or Gigantic Monetary Obligation - The Liability Schemes for GMO Damage in the United States and the European Union

handle is hein.journals/loyint22 and id is 463 raw text is: GMO: Genetically Modified Organism
or Gigantic Monetary Obligation? The
Liability Schemes for GMO Damage in
the United States and the European
Union
A. BRYAN ENDRES*
As with many modern       technological developments, the
enormous benefits of biotechnology will not come without
corresponding social and environmental risks.    Although
scientists and policymakers have dismissed earlier predictions of
pandemics resulting from the release of genetically engineered
microorganisms, few maintain that they can predict with
certainty the ecological consequences of inserting a gene from
one species into another species and releasing the result of that
miscegenation  into  the  environment.    Past unpleasant
experiences with nuclear power, pesticides, and the importation
of exotic plant species caution against launching headlong into
the development and marketing of a new biotechnology without
examining its potential for environmental harm. It may be, as
many   microbiologists  predict, that  very  few   modern
biotechnologies pose any risk to humans or the environment;
but, almost certainly', there will be one with the potential to
cause great damage.
* B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point, New York (1992); M.A.,
Bowie State University, European Division, Heidelberg, Germany (1995); J.D., European
Union Fellow, University of Illinois, Champaign (2000); law clerk to Chief Judge Haldane
Robert Mayer, United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit (2000-present).
The author wishes to thank the European Union Center at the University of
Illinois and the European Union for research funding.
1. Thomas 0. McGarity, International Regulation of Deliberate Release
Biotechnologies, 26 TEX. INT'L L.J. 423, 425 (1991).

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