Genetic frontiers for conservation

IUCN Report: Genetic frontiers for conservation – An assessment of synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation

May 9, 2019 | Todd Kuiken

Todd Kuiken, May 9, 2019 | Synthetic biology – altering or redesigning genes to meet human objectives – is a fast-developing field with significant potential impacts on nature conservation, according to the Genetic frontiers for conservation assessment report. So far mostly applied in agriculture and medicine, synthetic biology could have substantial knock-on effects on conservation – including modified genes spreading to non-target species and affecting broader ecosystems, but also benefits such as saving threatened species, reduced fertiliser use or diminished demand for products derived from threatened species....

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Todd Kuiken speaking at iGEM 2017, where he served on the Human Practices committee. Credit: iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight.

EU ruling on gene-edited plants and GMOs is more status quo than disruptive

August 6, 2018 | Todd Kuiken

Prior to the recent European Union ruling regarding gene-edited plants, opponents stoked fears that these new gene editing techniques were a loop-hole for big agricultural companies to release their untested, dangerous GMOs onto an unsuspecting...

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