UVA Students Work on “Synthetic Biology”

November 7, 2014 in News | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

Virginia Business Lawyers

Some of the most groundbreaking work being done in biological science is currently being pursued at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Recent newspaper reports show how groups of student researchers are making advances in looking at synthetic biology activities. More specifically, the article explores the nature of synthetic biology, which goes beyond the kinds of genetic modifications now common in today’s food industry. Through a next-generation process of engineering genetic material, researchers will likely be able to create a range of consumer products, like vanilla extract or cheese, in a lab, rather than growing them or raising them naturally.

Scientific Progress and Outlook

Nearly everyone applauds scientific progress that allows innovation and improvement in areas like health care and public planning, but there are roadblocks and concerns along the way that often arise.

A brief look at the use of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in food is an excellent example. While some champion this kind of work as enabling a wider production of food for a hungry world, many others ask critical questions about risks and liabilities associated with manipulating plants and other species in this way. Already, there are real questions about the risks of using GMO foods, for instance, where European regulators have banned the procedure outright, but the American food industry still clings to GMO crops as an ostensibly safe process. There is a great amount of debate about GMOs, and Virginia business lawyers have to sift through the haze to see what may really affect a business and draw lines with respect to what is advisable regarding processes like manufacturing and distribution.

Virginia Business Lawyers: Risk and Business Law

When Virginia business lawyers look at issues surrounding synthetic biology and GMOs, they typically consider the range of possible public health and safety risks that may apply. Those legal professionals who are tasked with providing business counsel will look carefully at a particular business process or set of processes, as well as the related risks. They will help executives and business leaders ensure that everything that is done in a company is done with appropriate care and consideration of public safety. This, in turn, will help the company to “weather the storm” if legal challenges arise at a later time.

From the very first paperwork used to start a business, to growth and expansion and ongoing operations, commercial litigation attorneys and business lawyers are in some ways the backbone of a healthy established business. In the Charlottesville, Virginia area, businesses can rely on premiere business law firms like MartinWren, P.C. Our attorneys help business leaders understand their responsibilities and the challenges they face, as well as their legal options and what makes the most sense for continuing or expanding local operations. We bring careful consideration of federal, state and local law to the forefront to help business management and leadership deal with issues as diverse as product liability, premises liability, employment and labor law and more. Let us help your local Charlottesville or Albemarle County business thrive by safeguarding it against whatever legal issues might come its way.

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