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Who's Afraid Of Jurassic Park? Biotech Ought To Be

As nearly everyone in America must know by now, on June 11 Steven Spielberg will bring to life Jurassic Park, the Michael Crichton thriller about money-mad gene-splicers who use ancient DNA to clone live dinosaurs--which then run amok on a Central American island.

Even before its release, this well-hyped movie has anti-biotech activists in a tizzy. Volunteers from the Pure Food Campaign, led by Washington biotech foe Jeremy Rifkin, plan to picket theaters in 100 U.S. cities. Their flyers feature a dinosaur pushing a grocery basket labeled "Bio-tech Frankenfoods." Their message: "Corporate science" can alter and create life forms with "enormous and frightening" possibilities.