Public discussion about innovative, paradigm-changing technologies is increasingly rancorous and polarized. Genetics is in the crosshairs. Hard-edged ideology is shaping attitudes about both human and agricultural biotechnology, and is producing an increasingly complex and hostile research and regulatory climate. There are few public forums in which biotechnology related issues can be discussed and debated in a scientifically grounded way; there are few places that offer solutions. The Genetic Literacy Project was launched two years ago, in part with funding provided by the John Templeton Foundation, to provide just such a forum. Its growth and public acceptance has been remarkable. (It's been profiled/mentioned in major publications around the world, and has been called on by the USDA and State Department to provide instructional seminars and guidance on both a media and public outreach strategy). But there is room for expanding the GLP that could significantly increase its coverage, the range of projects it offers, and ultimately its influence. The GLP currently receives funding from Templeton, Searle Freedom Trust and Academics Review (a non-partisan NGO/non-profit representing scientists and academics and focused on genetics). Continued funding from the John Templeton Foundation would help us maintain and expand the GLP's efforts and increase our educational, public outreach efforts and policy influence.
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