Risk Assessment & Engineered Organisms in Remediation

by N. Albergo, Hildebrand-Sims, Albergo & Associates, Tampa, United States,
W. E. Lee, III, Hildebrand-Sims, Albergo & Associates, Tampa, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


With the explosive growth of biotechnology, it is likely that bioremediation efforts can be significantly enhanced by employing genetically altered organisms. Before the actual introduction of such organisms into the environment, scientists and engineers must determine the potential level of risk to the environment and human health by employing various risk assessment techniques. This paper outlines some of the important aspects of risk assessment techniques, including general applicable risk assessment modes, testing, and monitoring techniques for genetically altered microbes. Due to the complexity of the issues, an interdisciplinary approach should be taken.

Subject Headings: Risk management | Organisms | Mitigation and remediation | Health hazards | Public health and safety | Biological processes | Microbes | Industrial wastes

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