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It's crunch time on CRISPR

It's crunch time on CRISPR

Stop the government from deregulating new GM techniques

Nanoparticles found in common food products

Nanoparticles found in common food products

Independent testing has found potentially harmful nanoparticles in a range of food products.

Consumers Union of Japan threatens to boycott Australian products if new GM techniques are deregulated

Consumers Union of Japan threatens to boycott Australian products if new GM techniques are deregulated

The Consumers Union of Japan has threatened to boycott Australian products produced using new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR if these techniques are deregulated here. The Federal Government has asked states and territories to approve the proposed changes to our Gene Technology Regulations by 11th March. Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has refused to release draft advice on the likely trade impacts if these new techniques are deregulated. When asked in Senate Estimates last week about the...

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Stop the Government deregulating GM animals

Stop the Government deregulating GM animals

At tomorrow’s Agriculture Minister’s Forum, State and Federal Agriculture Ministers will discuss proposed changes to our Gene Technology Regulations that will make Australia the first country in the world to deregulate genetically modified animals. The Federal Government is proposing deregulating a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR that are being referred to as Site Directed Nucleases 1 (SDN-1). Experiments using these techniques have resulted in high animals having very low live-birth rates; abnormal sizes...

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Genetically modified babies? What next?!

Genetically modified babies? What next?!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week (and we wouldn’t blame you), you’ve no doubt heard about He Jiankui – the rogue Chinese genetic engineer. He claims to have produced the world’s first genetically modified (GM) babies using the new GM technique CRISPR. He’s announcement was made on the eve of the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong.   Take action: Stop the government from deregulating CRISPR   Although his claims have yet to be independently verified, scientists – with the...

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States reject proposal to deregulate new GM techniques

States reject proposal to deregulate new GM techniques

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the rejection by state governments of a Federal Government proposal to deregulate a range of new genetic engineering techniques that are being referred to as gene editing. At the recent Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology meeting, State and Federal Ministers agreed that further consideration of the potential risks posed by these ‘gene editing’ techniques was needed before a decision could be made. Take action: ask your state minister to oppose the proposed changes. We find it frankly...

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Australia set to deregulate genetically modified animals

Australia set to deregulate genetically modified animals

Australia could become the first country in the world to deregulate the use of new genetic modification (GM) techniques in animals. The techniques, known as ‘gene editing’, will be considered when State and Federal Governments meet at the Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology meeting in Adelaide this Thursday. Take action: stop Monsanto from shredding the rules on GMOs A new report by Friends of the Earth reveals that scientists are using these new GM techniques, such as CRISPR, to develop more muscular and disease resistant...

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