Will we soon have genetically engineered forests?

Trees created with new methods of genetic engineering to be released for the first time in Sweden

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

In China, the US and Sweden, new methods of genetic engineering such as CRISPR are being used on forest trees. The first field trials are planned to take place in Sweden with genetically engineered poplars that show a range of genetic changes in their genome that affect flowering, growth, production of branches, leafs and roots. The goal of this type of engineering is to drastically change the phenotype and characteristics of the trees, without any specific purpose being provided.

New methods of genetic engineering and patents on mammals are driving an increase in the number of animal experiments

New Testbiotech report examines problems in animal welfare

12 August 2016 / In recent years, Europe has seen an increasingly strong trend towards experiments with genetically engineered animals. And the numbers continue to rise. In Germany, the number of genetically engineered animals used in experiments was around 1 million in 2013. Since 2004, the number of experiments has nearly tripled.

Conflicts of interest: EU Ombudsman calls for more transparency

Complaint about the way the EU Commission handles risk research projects

Friday, 5 August 2016

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, has made a decision on a complaint filed by Testbiotech. The complaint was directed at the EU Commission and its management of conflicts of interest in publicly funded risk research projects. The EU Ombudsman decided that there was no clear evidence for maladministration at the EU Commission.

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