Synthetic Biology, Genome Editing and Gene Drives

Over the past 25 years, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has established a system of global oversight for living (a.k.a. genetically) modified organisms (LMOs) based on the principles of precaution, fairness (equitable sharing of benefits) and prior informed consent. COP 14 and COP-MOP 9 will be key to upholding those principles and ensuring they are extended to the governance of next-generation genetic engineering technologies: i.e., synthetic biology, which increasingly encompasses genome editing and gene drive technologies. […]

Discussions on sequence information unravel at Biodiversity meet

Discussions at a subsidiary meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) unravelled spectacularly on the issue of sequence information of genetic resources. […]

Calls for Precaution on “Gene Drives” at Biodiversity Meeting

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), at a subsidiary meeting, have called for precaution when addressing organisms containing engineered gene drives. […]

Informational Materials on Synthetic Biology and Sequence Information

New informational materials about the important emerging area of synthetic biology and associated topic of digital sequence information on genetic resources are now available at www.synbiogovernance.org […]

Military Revealed as Top Funder of Gene Drives; Gates Foundation Paid $1.6 million to Influence UN on Gene Drives

Over 1,200 emails released under open records requests reveal that the US military is now the top funder and influencer behind a controversial genetic extinction technology known as “gene drives”. […]

Plant Treaty to Address Genetic Sequence Information

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) has decided to begin serious work on the subject of sequence information of crop genetic resources. […]

Sequence Information: A Pressing Concern for the Seed Treaty

Sequence information is a topic that governments cannot afford to ignore at the 7th meeting of the Governing Body (GB) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) in November 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. […]

Biodiversity – Divergent views on progress towards resource mobilization targets

With the biodiversity financing gap remaining huge, Parties to the CBD had divergent views on whether progress has been made to meet the targets set in 2012 for mobilizing financial resources. […]

Four Steps Forward, One Leap Back on Global Governance of Synthetic Biology

Parties to the CBD have made progress in the global governance and oversight of synthetic biology. However, progress on risk assessment work under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety has stalled. […]

Biodiversity Convention Adopts Plan for Benefit Sharing for Genetic Sequences

Parties to the CBD have adopted a decision on sequence information of genetic resources that sets in motion a plan intended to lead to an important decision at their next meeting in two years’ time. […]