How should genetically altered food be regulated?

In January, Defra launched a public consultation on the regulation of genetic technologies in the UK.  The government is expected to announce its response before 17 June. Now the UK no longer has to fall in line with EU regulation on genetically altered food, what laws should we adopt instead? …

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expert reaction to Defra consultation on gene editing

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) have published a consultation today on gene editing.   Prof Nick Talbot FRS, Executive Director of The Sainsbury Laboratory, said: “I welcome the DEFRA consultation. Gene editing provides the opportunity to carry out precision plant breeding and thereby harness the extraordinary biodiversity…

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expert reaction to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna being awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded jointly to Prof Emmanuelle Charpentier and Prof Jennifer Doudna for the development of the CRISPR method for genome editing.   Prof Kathy Niakan, Group Leader of the Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute and Professor of…

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expert reaction to study looking at CRISPR and surrogate sires in livestock and mice

A study, published in PNAS, reports on a new method of utilising CRISPR techniques to produce surrogate sires in livestock and mice, for the potential use in breeding trait selection.  This Roundup accompanied an SMC Briefing.   Prof Dusko Ilic, Profesor of Stem Cell Science, King’s College London, said: “In this…

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gene-edited livestock ‘surrogate sires’ successfully made fertile

Improving livestock to boost food production for a growing global population is a long-standing aim. For the first time, scientists have created animals that can serve as viable ‘surrogate sires’, male animals that produce sperm carrying only the genetic traits of donor animals. The researchers used CRISPR-Cas9 to produce mice,…

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expert reaction to report from the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing

A report, published by the UK Royal Society, and the US National Academy of Science and National Academy of Medicine, set out guidelines on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing. This roundup accompanied an SMC Briefing.   James Lawford Davies, lawyer specialising in regulation of human genome editing,…

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report launch from the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing

Journalists heard from the co-chairs and commissioners of the International Commission on the Clinical Use of Human Germline Genome Editing as they launched their report defining a responsible pathway for the clinical use of heritable human genome editing, should a decision be made by any nation to permit its use.…

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