chapter  7
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Protection Conferred under the Biotechnology Directive 1998

Most people are now aware of the cultural, societal, economic and political changes brought about by the life sciences and information technology. The so-called ‘information society’ depends on its ability and capacity to produce, distribute and exploit knowledge.1 The application of modern biotechnology is already having a considerable impact on the health care, agriculture and environmental sectors. At the same time the way in which people exchange ideas and information is being revolutionized through the influence of communication technologies.2 Against this background, it is understandable that many countries are addressing moral issues to help decision-makers to assess the impact of these technologies on society and to head off any harmful developments.