Post-Publication Project Biosciences

Genome Editing

Follow up work is continuing to engage with the European Institutions, for example with regard to the opportunities for applying genome editing in innovative plant and animal breeding, and the implications for regulatory frameworks.

The EASAC report was published in May 2017 and discussed further in an article in the journal eLife.

Follow up work is continuing to engage with the European Institutions, for example with regard to the opportunities for applying genome editing in innovative plant and animal breeding, and the implications for regulatory frameworks. EASAC is also helping to inform the wider international debates on genome editing, for example with the academies of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), and as an input to discussions about the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

One other major follow up initiative is the organisation of an international workshop, together with the US National Academies, IAP and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, in October 2017 on Assessing the security implications of genome editing technology. This workshop explores potential concerns arising from intentional misuse of the technology, and the strategies that may aid the scientific and security communities in preventing or mitigating those risks.

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