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It is not often that a new technology is at once hailed as a potential solution to pandemic disease, wildlife conservation and hunger, while also being feared as a potential military and environmental “bioweapon.” Gene drives,…
In recent years, the regulatory system for biotechnology products has not kept pace with newer ways of engineering organisms, such as through the use of gene editing like CRISPR-Cas9 systems.
Under the Obama administration, progress had been made in clarifying U.S. biotechnology regulations. In January 2017, in the last few days of Obama’s term, several proposals were made for updating agency regulations and guidance documents. In particular, new US USDA regulations were proposed for GE crops.
Fast forward ten months, and the Trump administration has pulled this proposed rule back to “start fresh” and reconsider the issue. This is no surprise, as it is not uncommon for new political administrations to recall regulatory policy for biotech. Many industry and academic scientists developing GE crops are pleased to hear about the Trump administration’s recall of USDA proposed regulations.
Genetic Literacy Project: USDA scraps overhaul of GMO and gene edited crop regulations that biotech advocates viewed as ‘unscientific’
“I think the real reason [for the withdrawal] is that the new proposed rule would have brought more gene-edited crops under its authority,” stated Kuzma. “And this new administration isn’t too fond of regulations in general.”
Campbell first became intrigued by the possibilities of gene drive in 2011, when he sat in on a conference call between biologists at NC State University and officials of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to discuss a possible genetic approach to control a runaway mouse problem on Southeast Farallon Island, about 20 miles west of the California coast, near San Francisco. John Godwin, a North Carolina State neurobiologist who studies animal behavior, had learned of the Farallon issue while skimming the Internet in 2011. He happened to be at a university with an established infrastructure dedicated to experimenting with—and considering the ethical implications of—genetic manipulation.
As crowds poured into Raleigh’s contemporary art museum during the April 2017 art walk, one white wall began to fill with hand-written messages scribbled on neon Post-It notes.
Above was a sign: Write down one word describing how you feel about your genetic future.
Archive of Agricultural Genetic Engineering and Society The Untold Stories of GMO Pioneers With Keynote Speaker Dan Charles, Author and NPR Food and Agriculture Correspondent FREE Event: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 5:30-8:00 PM RECEPTION AT…
Researchers have developed a model that can be used to assess emerging synthetic biology products to determine what needs to be done to inform future policies.
Roadmaps to Gene Drives Workshop Dr. Jennifer Kuzma Dr. Kevin Esvelt Dr. Aleksandra Malyska History Speakers Back to top Search all videos Back to top
Island Mice Project Conserving Island Biodiversity Why Biodiversity Matters What has been done? What are the Current Options? What can Genetic Engineering Offer? What is The Future? About Us Overview The use of genetic modification as…