I live streamed the presentation and during the Q and A session asked about GMOs. I excerpt that here:
Here is an incredibly valuable transcription of this that Michael Broady, Jr. just up and decided to do on his own. Mahalo nui loa!:
DOUG: My name is H. Doug Matsuoka. I'm not part of the University, I'm part of the community. There's been some controversy recently both at the University and within the community about CTAHR's involvement with GMO's and GMO funding. What is your experience with GMO's or biotechnology? What is your plan for Hawaii if you get here?
JOHN LESLIE: The use of biotechnology as a research tool is here and it's not going away. There is little doubt that people are going to be doing that kind of research to get answers to a lot of questions. We may debate whether that's a question we want to be asking, for example with the new revelations last week [about the] pandemic flu that's been recreated by using molecular biology type techniques. But in general I think the research is going to be here and it's going to stay.