Risks and Governance Challenges of Gene Drive Organisms

Gene drive organisms are characterized by a significant depth of intervention. Therefore, there is a need to broaden the social and political debate over them rather than considering them as an incremental innovation of first-generation GMOs. […]

Risks from Plants Produced with New Genomic Techniques More Complex than Anticipated

New genomic techniques (NGT) can cause unintended genetic changes, thereby carrying higher risks than earlier assumed. […]

Study finds CRISPR causes ‘catastrophic’ DNA damage in plants

For the first time, CRISPR genome editing techniques have been found to induce ‘catastrophic’ DNA damage, including whole chromosomal loss and other unintended changes, in tomatoes. […]

Baseless Claim that Gene Edited Plants and Animals Do Not Contain Foreign DNA

This article explains why assertions that GM gene-edited plants and animals don’t contain any foreign genetic material in their genomes are baseless. […]

Unintended Genomic Outcomes in Current and Next Generation GM Techniques

This meta-analysis reveals a range of unintended genomic outcomes of current and next generation GM techniques in plants, which raises biosafety concerns. However, analytical methods to detect these changes need to be improved. […]

New Genomic Techniques Must Be Assessed According to the Precautionary Principle

New genomic techniques should be strictly regulated according to the Precautionary Principle in order to protect consumers from risks, guarantee freedom of choice and prevent damage to ecosystems and biodiversity. […]

Civil Society Organisations Around the Globe Demand a Moratorium on Genetically Engineered Gene Drives at UN Biodiversity Conference

Civil society organisations around the globe demand a moratorium on genetically engineered gene drives at UN Biodiversity Conference […]

Scientists Oppose Calling Gene Editing “Precision Breeding”

A group of international scientists and policy experts have published a statement opposing the use of the term “precision breeding” to describe gene or genome editing. […]

Urgent Need for Precautionary Regulation of New GE Techniques

Many potential intended and unintended effects are specific to the techniques of new GE and may result in a new quality of risks that demand independent and mandatory risk assessment. […]

The Need for Horizon Scanning and Technology Assessment to Address the Evolving Nature of Genetic Engineering

Examples of new developments in genetic engineering – gene drives, genetically engineered viruses and RNA interference – demonstrate why horizon scanning and technology assessment are urgently needed. […]