FOEA Emerging tech Project

States reject Federal Government 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 Legislative and Governance Forum on Gene Technology meeting last Thursday, State and Federal Ministers agreed that further consideration of the potential risks posed by these ‘gene editing’ techniques was needed before a decision could...

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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. A new report by Friends of the Earth reveals that scientists are using these new GM techniques, such as CRISPR, to develop...

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EU’s top court rules new GM techniques must be regulated – in sharp contrast to Australian regulators

The European Union’s top court has ruled this week that new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR pose similar risks to older GM techniques and need to be assessed for safety in the same way. The ruling directly contradicts the recommendations of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) and Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) that a number of these techniques should be deregulated. Louise Sales, Friends of the...

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CSIRO planning US military funded genetic extinction experiments in Western Australia

A raft of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request (The Gene Drive Files) reveal that CSIRO and University of Adelaide scientists are part of a US military funded global network researching a risky new genetic modification (GM) technique referred to as gene drives. The group have already identified six potential islands in Western Australia where they intend to use the technique to drive local mice populations to extinction....

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While scientists call for precaution and transparency, Government proposes deregulating new GM techniques

Scientists Professor Jennifer Doudna and Assistant Professor Kevin Esvelt will speak at a forum in Melbourne tonight on the need for precaution and transparency in the application of the new genetic modification (GM) technique CRISPR[i]. Meanwhile our Federal Government is proposing changes to our Gene Technology Regulations that would make Australia the first country in the world to deregulate the use of this technique in animals, plants and...

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