FOEA Emerging tech Project

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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Australia could be the first country in the world to deregulate risky new genetic modification techniques

The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) yesterday proposed changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations that would leave risky new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR unregulated. They would also make Australia the first country in the world to deregulate these techniques. Louise Sales from Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said “if the OGTR deregulates these new GM techniques anyone would be free to...

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Government proposes deregulating dangerous new GM techniques

Late last week, while the entire media was consumed with the High Court ruling on dual citizenship, the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) quietly emailed stakeholders with its proposed changes to Australia’s Gene Technology Regulations. These would deregulate new genetic modification (GM) techniques such as CRISPR, identified as “weapons of mass destruction and proliferation” in the annual worldwide threat assessment report of the...

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