International Scientists Urge Precaution with Gene Drives: New Study

Gene drives should be treated with the utmost precaution, international scientists conclude in a new and comprehensive study. Until effective, legally binding international regulation is in place, as well as genuine public engagement, no gene drive organisms should be released, the study recommends. […]

Briefing Paper: Gene Drive Organisms: What Africa Should Know About Actors, Motives and Threats to Biodiversity and Food Systems

This paper explains the serious risks and complexities that gene drive organisms pose to human health, the environment and society, particularly in the African context. […]

Genome Edited Plants Need Stringent Regulation

There are significant differences in methods of production, traits and risks of genome edited plants in comparison to those derived from conventional breeding, necessitating strict regulation of the former. […]

Regulation of Plants Developed by New Genetic Modification Techniques

Existing regulatory frameworks for GMOs cover new GM techniques (nGMs) to varying degrees. Whether nGM applications fall under biosafety frameworks is critical for the scope and the quality of risk assessment. An international public registry listing all biotechnology products commercially used in agriculture is needed for transparency of the regulatory status of individual nGM products. […]

The Implications of Gene Drives on Human Rights

Gene drives will have impacts on ecosystems and human rights. This paper calls for States to observe their obligations in the context of human rights, biodiversity and biosafety, including by putting in place a global moratorium on gene drive releases. […]

The Need for Better Risk Governance of Gene-Edited Products

This paper identifies the challenges posed by new and emerging gene-editing techniques, as well as recommends improvements to GM risk governance research and practice. […]

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. […]