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  Posting date: December 17, 2018
Biodiversity Convention Decides to Address Conflicts of Interest
Parties to the CBD have approved conflicts of interest procedures to limit the influence of private sector industry and other economic and vested interests from unduly influencing decisions taken to protect biological diversity.
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  Posting date: December 07, 2018
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.
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  Posting date: December 07, 2018
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.
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  Posting date: November 30, 2018
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.
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  Posting date: November 12, 2018
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
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  Posting date: July 19, 2018
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.
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  Posting date: July 18, 2018
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.
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  Posting date: June 21, 2018
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
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  Posting date: December 05, 2017
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”.
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  Posting date: November 21, 2017
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.
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