Rapid Synthetic Biology Developments Necessitate “Horizon Scanning”

Parties to the CBD have concluded that the rapid and fast-paced developments in the field of synthetic biology and their potential adverse effects need to be anticipated, monitored and assessed. […]

No Release of “Gene Drives” Without Precautionary Conditions

Parties to the CBD have laid down strict and precautionary conditions for any introduction of organisms containing engineered gene drives into the environment, including for experimental purposes. […]

News Release: United Nations Hits the Brakes on Gene Drives

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity have made a significant global decision on how to govern a high-risk, new genetic engineering technology – gene drives. […]

Call for a Global Moratorium on Gene Drive Releases

More than 200 global food movement leaders and organizations have signed a call for a global moratorium on gene drive releases, to protect life on Earth and our food and farming systems. […]

Synthetic Biology, Genome Editing and Gene Drives

One of the key topics that will be addressed by the upcoming meetings of the CBD and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is that of synthetic biology, including the issues of genome editing and engineered gene drives […]

Critique of AU’s Endorsement of Gene Drive Mosquitos for Malaria ‘Eradication’ in Africa

Critique of African Union report endorsing the development of controversial gene drive mosquitoes for malaria ‘eradication’ in Africa and ‘enabling legislation’ for their deployment across its member states. […]

Risks of Gene Editing in Agriculture to Human and Environmental Health

A growing body of scientific studies highlights the risks and unintended consequences from the use of new genetic engineering techniques such as gene editing in agriculture. […]

CRISPR/Cas9 Found to Cause Extensive Genetic Mutations in Cells

A new study has found that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought, creating safety implications for gene therapies using CRISPR/Cas9. […]

Gene Drive and International Governance

This report explores the urgent need for a global governance framework for gene drive, given the technology’s powerful implications for wild species and ecosystems. It identifies principles and essential elements for such a framework. […]

EU Court of Justice Rules that Gene-Edited Organisms Are GMOs and Subject to GMO Regulations

The EU Court of Justice has ruled that organisms obtained by the new generation of gene editing techniques are GMOs and are subject to the obligations laid down by GM regulations of the EU. […]