The ‘Geeks’ Fight Back: Challenges for Science and Democracy

A mood of scientific self-righteousness has broken out in the UK. The ‘geeks’ – professional scientists committed to evidence-based policy – are on the march. What has brought this on? Two things seem to have combined. First a protest and second a manifesto. Both have important implications for the debate about the relationship between science,…

Getting hotter: Regulating biotechnology in India

by Ian Scoones, STEPS Centre co-director Biotechnology offers many potentials but also dangers. Regulation is clearly essential. But how, over what and with what measures is less clear. The debate about how to regulate emerging technologies associated with biotechnology is a hot one the world over. In India, it’s about to become much hotter. Photo:…

WHAT HAPPENED TO BIOTECH IN BANGALORE?

A decade ago, biotechnology was being hyped as the next big thing in Bangalore, India. Building on the successes of the IT sector, BT (biotech) was, it was argued, going to provide a platform for growth, innovation, job creation and more. So what happened next? A recent seminar (programme here) jointly convened by the Centre…