FOEA Emerging tech Project

GM 2.0

Want to know what ‘New Plant Breeding Techniques’ or ‘gene editing’ actually means? We’ve put together a factsheet explaining what these techniques are and why they need to be regulated.

Read More

Synthetic biology

The field is evolving so rapidly that even scientists working in it don’t agree on a definition, but in essence synthetic biology (synbio) is an extreme version of genetic engineering. Instead of swapping genes from one species to another (as in genetic engineering), synthetic biology creates entirely new forms of life – Synthetically Modified Organisms (SMOs) – or reprograms organisms to do things that would not naturally occur. Synbio...

Read More

The health impacts of nanomaterials

While the nanotechnology industry is growing exponentially, research into the human health impacts of nanomaterials is still in its infancy. As the industry expands so does our exposure to nanomaterials – in food, cosmetics, water, plants, and a host of consumer products that remain unlabelled.

Read More