A two-year study in biotechnology and biosafety warns that as many as 100 developing countries are unprepared to effectively manage and monitor the use of modern biotechnologies, leaving the world community open to serious biosafety threats. The report, from the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, says training and management deficiencies in most countries are so pervasive and broad that there is no effective international system of biosafety at the moment. The assessment on Biological Diversity takes no sides on genetically modified organisms and other biotech-related controversies. It was designed to shed a neutral, independent and objective light on international biotechnology and biosafety training programmes intended to allow developing countries to make and implement informed choices.
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