Industrial Biotechnology in Europe: Issues for Public Policy. Duncan Davies, ed. Frances Pinter, London, 1986. 156 PP. £22.50. Distributed in North America by Longwood Publishing Group, Dover, NH. $30 HB, $14.50 PB.

In 1967 Jean-Jacques Servan Schreiber published the instant best seller The American Challenge, which argued that Europe's weakness in high-technology industries could lead to economic stagnation and loss of political self-determination. Since this call for action, it has become almost de rigueur for policy-makers in the European Economic Community to engage in introspection about their ability to embrace high technology as salvation against economic domination by the United States and Japan.

This volume, which describes the proceedings of a conference in Brussels in November 1985 organized by the European Economic Community Center for European Studies, is a survey of current approaches to commercial biotechnology. It also attempts to outline an action plan to improve European competitiveness....

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