Berris Charnley is a historian of science. He is interested in seeds, genes, farms and food. How are these resources studied, measured, weighed, owned or shared? And what can the history of human relations with such resources tell us about their management in the future? More generally, he is interested in issues of participation and communication around knowledge production. Berris works at St Anne's College, University of Oxford with Sally Shuttleworth's project, Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries. His is also co-founder of the Intellectual Property and the Biosciences network, IPBio.
Taking a global viewpoint, this volume addresses issues arising from recent developments in the enduring and topical debates over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and their relationship to Intellectual Property (IP). The work examines changing responses to the growing acceptance and prevalence of GMOs. Drawing together perspectives from several of the leading international scholars in this area, the contributions seek to break away from analysis of safety and regulation and examine the diversity of ways the law and GMOs have become entangled. This collection presents the start of a much broader engagement with GMOs and law. As GMO technology becomes increasingly more complex and embedded in our lives, this volume will be a useful resource in leading further discussion and debate about GMOs in academia, in government and among those working on future policy.
Dr. Berris Charnley
Historian of science at St Anne's College, University of Oxford.