GenØk - Centre for Biosafety

GenØk - Centre for Biosafety was founded in 1998 and is a non-commercial foundation located in the research environment at the University of Tromsø and Forskningsparken (the Science Park). GenØk is engaged in research and teaching in the professional field Gene Ecology. The Foundation focuses in particular on the environmental and health related consequences of the application of gene technology and gene modifi cation. GenØk is also engaged in the broad dissemination of information and offers advisory and consulting services in its field of expertise.


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Substances, such as these carbon nanotubes, can behave differently at the nano-scale, and may post a health risk. ZEISS Microscopy/Flickr

Big questions about risk assessment of nanomaterials

We need to carefully assess nanomaterials to ensure their safety, but there are questions over whether the existing practice of risk assessment is up to the task.
The environment isn’t “out there”; it’s in us, and we’re part of it. Forest Wander/Flickr

Why we need to forget about the environment

Calls to “protect the environment” ring out across issues as diverse as climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, water conservation and chemical contamination. I believe it is time to abandon…

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