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In April 2018, a team of NC State faculty and students convened a stakeholder workshop to explore opportunities for public engagement surrounding the development, regulatory review, and potential deployment of a genetically engineered American chestnut tree. As perhaps the first GMO designed to spread and persist in the wild, the tree has the potential to restore a functionally extinct species, but also raises important ethical, political, ecological, and cultural questions. This report describes the workshop and its purpose, details the substance of the discussions, and offers the research team’s perspective on lessons learned and ways forward. Download report

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Dr. Jennifer Kuzma
Goodnight-NC GSK Foundation Distinguished Professor
CHASS, School of Public and International Affairs
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University Distinguished Professor
CALS, Entomology and Plant Pathology
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