FOEA Emerging tech Project

Scientists discover antibiotic resistant bacteria genes in gene edited cattle

Scientists from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have discovered that cattle gene edited not to grow horns unexpectedly contain bacterial DNA. These include complete DNA sequences that confer antibiotic resistance. The study demonstrates how risky the Federal Government’s current proposal to deregulate a number of these new genetic modification (GM) techniques in animals, plants and microbes is. Louise Sales, Coordinator of Friends of...

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria genes found in gene edited cattle

Scientists from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have discovered that cattle gene edited not to grow horns unexpectedly contain bacterial DNA. These include complete DNA sequences that confer resistance to three different antibiotics. The study demonstrates how risky the Federal Government’s current proposal to deregulate a number of these new genetic modification (GM) techniques in animals, plants and microbes is.   Take action:...

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Some great news

We’ve had a fantastic breakthrough in our campaign to try to stop the Federal Government from tearing up regulations that are designed to keep us safe. Last week, Greens Senator Janet Rice submitted a motion to disallow proposed changes to the Gene Technology Regulations that would leave risky new genetic modification techniques such as CRISPR unregulated.   Now, we need your help The Australian Labor Party will be critical to ensuring...

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Changes to our Gene Technology Regulations threaten our $7.1 billion/yr wheat industry

Changes to the Gene Technology Regulations currently tabled in Federal Parliament will allow genetically modified (GM) wheat to be released in Australia with no safety assessment or traceability. The changes will leave the use of gene editing techniques such as CRISPR unregulated in animals, plants and microbes. Louise Sales, Coordinator of Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project said “besides the serious risks to the environment and human...

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Government decision threatens 51% of global organic land

Changes to the Gene Technology Regulations tabled in Federal Parliament threaten to undermine Australia’s status as the world leader in organic food production. These changes will become law unless the Senate disallows them. The decision would leave the majority of new CRISPR and other gene editing applications unregulated. It would allow genetically modified (GM) ryegrass, sugar, potatoes, rice, soybeans, maize, mushrooms, fish, pigs and a...

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