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I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

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Since the early 1990s I've been carrying out occasional research projects on genetic engineering, particularly around safety and regulation. This issue has somewhat dropped from the public consciousness, even though the lengths to which this technology may be applied has expanded rapidly – today extending to the development of wholly synthetic organisms.

The issue of genetic engineering for me is all about certainty. Do we have sufficient understanding of the complexity of biological systems and genomes – especially at the level of bacteria rather than plants or animals – in order to know what the effects of any particular technique will be. Today that is still an open question in relation to many novel genetic processes.

This section contains the most significant parts of my work on genetics and safety.


Genetic Engineering Reports

inc image Statement by Paul Mobbs relating to the genetiX snowball website

April 1999

My statement to the High court in 1999 relating to the action by Monsanto against the group 'genetiXsnowball'. I was covered by the injunction because of hosting the web site, and so I went along to the court hearings to argue for my rights to digital free expression.

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inc image Response to Nuffield Council on Bioethics Consultation, "Genetically Modified Crops: The Social and Ethical Issues"

July 1998

A response, written for the Free Range Network, to a consultation on the social and ethical issues raised by the growing of genetically modified crops.

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