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Biotechnology booklet a boost for students.

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6 July 2000             00/272 

BIOTECHNOLOGY BOOKLET A BOOST FOR STUDENTS   A new resource on biotechnology, for secondary schools across Australia, was launched today by the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources, Senator Nick Minchin.

The Biotechnology Revolution booklet is a joint initiative of Biotechnology Australia, the agency responsible for coordinating the Commonwealth Government's activities in biotechnology - and the University of Technology, Sydney.

"Biotechnology and gene technology are increasingly becoming part of our world, with many benefits, especially in the areas of health and medicine," Senator Minchin said.

"It is important that young people in our community are made aware of the nature of these technologies and the issues surrounding them. This resource is an important initiative by Biotechnology Australia and the University of Technology, Sydney in addressing this need."

Senator Minchin launched the booklet at Immanuel College in Adelaide. A team from the College recently returned from representing Australia at the Future Problem Solving International Finals, held in the USA last month. The team, supported by Biotechnology Australia, had to address the topic of genetic engineering.

The new biotechnology booklet contains sections on the science of biotechnology; its applications, including cloning and health and medical uses; and the ethics of gene technology. It will be distributed to secondary schools across the nation with the assistance of the Australian Science Teachers Association.

Senator Minchin, in congratulating the Immanuel College team on its performance, said, "The team has performed admirably on being selected to represent Australia at the recent International Future Problem Solving Finals in the USA. This is the fifth time in seven years that the College has been selected to represent Australia in this competition.

"The Immanuel College Team also had the added honour this year of a student being selected for the International Team, formed by students from around the world."

Future Problem Solving is a year-long program which involves students using a six-step problem solving process to solve complex scientific and social problems of the future. More than 200,000 students from around the world, including 2000 from Australia schools, participate in the program each year. The students had to provide a solution to a hypothetical problem relating to genetic engineering within two hours, and without the aid of written research material.

"The Commonwealth Government is committed to gaining the rewards of new technologies and this can only be achieved by increasing our knowledge of their uses, potential risks and benefits," Senator Minchin said.

Contact:  Steve Ronson, Senator Minchin's office, 08 8237 7190

             Patricia Kelly, Biotechnology Australia, 02 6213 7170 


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