Special Issue "Equitable and Sustainable Use of Genetic Resources"
A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)
Professor Takayuki Hiraki
Dean, Department of International Communications School of International Cultural Relations Tokai University, Sapporo 5-1-1-1 Minamisawa, Minami-Ku, Sapporo, 005-8610 Japan
Phone: +81 54 334 0411
Interests: genetic resources; intellectual property rights; traditional knowledge; the knowledge commons; decentralized resource management institutions in Kerala, India
Genetic resources enhance the potentials of medical science and agricultural biotechnology, encompassing the invention of new medicine for incurable diseases such as cancer and HIV, and the development of transgenic crops. Thus the prospecting for genetic resources, which are essential for the development of new medicine and commercial crops, has gained more interest from the biotechnology-related business circle. Furthermore, it is noteworthy that a man-made gene and its derived compounds are alleged to be patentable because they do not originally derive from nature. In this sense, prospecting for genetic resources provides a good source of wealth to inventors and developers of new products deriving from genetic engineering.
In the meanwhile, increasing attractiveness of genetic engineering triggers the following problems:
・loss of biodiversity as the result of commercialization of genetic resources;
・biosafety at stake especially attributed to the spread of transgenic crops;
・conflict of interests between prospectors and custodians of genetic resources;
・piracy of traditional knowledge collectively owned by indigenous community.
With this background, more researches are presently needed to address the argument on the equitable and sustainable use of genetic resources among all the stakeholders. Therefore, we would like to call for papers to disseminate and share thoughts or findings on the above-stated topic. Papers are selected by a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results in this area. Original research paper or critical reviews are invited.
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Resources is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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- genetic resources
- access and benefit sharing (with regard to the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ngoya Protocol)
- intellectual property rights
- the knowledge commons
- farmers' rights (with regard to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture）
- biosafety (with regard to the Cartagena Protocol)
- precautionary principle