The Monitoring Paradox

"On one hand, new problems cannot be predicted and on the other hand if we can predict problems, they are not new. Wide-ranging, open-ended monitoring is probably the way to detect new or unique effects of genetic engineering. Yet such monitoring is expensive in time and money. It is also inefficient: surely most studies will find nothing at great expense even if a previously unknown problem eventually turns up. It is helpful to decision makers and those who will be charged with the design and implementation of monitoring to know explicitly what should be monitored, the reason behind the concern(s), how monitoring should be carried out, and finally the purpose for data collected" (emphasis added).

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