FOEA Emerging tech Project

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. Although his claims have yet to be independently...

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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...

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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. Take action: stop Monsanto from shredding the rules on GMOs A new report by Friends of the Earth reveals that scientists...

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Australians betrayed by regulators

Australian families risk consuming untested, unlabelled genetically modified (GM) food – including animal products – because federal agencies tasked with their protection have sided with the biotech industry and are proposing to deregulate a range of risky new GM techniques.   Take action: urge your State Minister to intervene   A new report, released by Friends of the Earth reviews recent peer-reviewed research showing that these new GM...

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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 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. The OGTR and FSANZ have relied almost...

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