GES Center Co-director Dr. Jennifer Kuzma discussing gene edited foods.

AP: Kuzma discusses need for case-by-case scrutiny of gene-edited foods

November 14, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

Per Kuzma, companies will have to be up-front about how these new foods were made and the evidence that they’re healthy. She wants regulators to decide case-by-case which changes are no big deal and which might need more scrutiny.“Most gene-edited plants and animals are probably going to be just fine to eat. But you’re only going to do yourself a disservice in the long run if you hide behind the terminology,” Kuzma said....

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Editing nature: Local roots of global governance

November 1, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

Dr. Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-NC GSK Foundation Distinguished Professor and Co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, was one of the lead authors on an interdisciplinary team calling for global oversight of environmental gene editing in this Science Policy Forum, Editing Nature: Local roots of global governance....

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Paul Vincelli – ‘Can CRISPR Displace Crop Pesticides?’

September 4, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

9/4 GES Colloquium: We are thrilled to welcome Paul Vincelli as our first invited speaker of the semester. Paul is an extension professor at the University of Kentucky in the department of Plant Pathology, as well as co-host of the Talking Biotech podcast! He will be available to have lunch and/or meet with folks during his visit on 9/4. Request meeting with Paul >>...

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Gould quoted in C&EN: Building bioethics into the future of life sciences innovation

August 27, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

Scientists who refuse to engage with ethicists and the public will find themselves at a disadvantage. “Just because you are a scientist and have invented something doesn’t mean you have authority over it,” says Fred Gould, an entomologist and co-director of the Genetic Engineering & Society Center at North Carolina State University. He points to the National Academies report’s advocacy of participatory decision-making. Resistance from the science community based on ethicists and the public not fully understanding the science wears thin, he says. “You are a pretty poor scientist if you can’t explain what these things are about to an ethicist,” he says....

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Scientists have found a fast and cheap way to edit your food’s DNA

Washington Post: Kuzma calls for mandatory regulatory process for gene-edited foods

August 13, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

“We need a mandatory regulatory process: not just for scientific reasons, but for consumer and public confidence,” Kuzma said. “I think the vast majority of gene-edited foods are going to be as safe as their conventionally bred counterparts. But I don’t buy into the argument that’s true all the time for every crop.”...

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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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Jennifer Kuzma in the WSJ: Referring to gene-editing as “breeding” seems disingenuous

April 16, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

Is This Tomato Engineered? Inside the Coming Battle Over Gene-Edited Food The agriculture industry, which hopes Crispr technology will transform the business, faces opponents who call it ‘GMO 2.0’ By Jacob Bunge and Amy Dockser...

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close-up of rat with genetic code reflected in eye

WIRED: Process of Elimination

February 21, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

A deep dive into the inception of the Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents (GBIRd) program, this article in WIRED details how Karl Campbell of Island Conservation came across GES Co-Director Fred Gould's research suggesting that the genetic engineering techniques being used to manage insect populations could also be applied to other species, like rodents. And then, what happened when CRISPR came along....

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Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou, Associate Professor, Barrangou Lab Lead and GES Center affiliated faculty member

Barrangou Wins NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences

January 18, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou adds another award to his long list of accolades: the 2018 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences for his discovery of the genetic mechanisms and proteins driving CRISPR-Cas systems....

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Gould quoted in Nature on synthetic organisms unable to breed with wild counterparts

January 16, 2018 | Patti Mulligan

Fred Gould is quoted in Nature, discussing a gene editing technique designed to make interbreeding between synthetic and wild organisms impossible. The technology, which targets gene expression, could be applied to mosquitoes to control infectious diseases, such as malaria, or to invasive species, like Asian carp. "This is an ingenious system."...

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