“Set limits to biotech!”

New Testbiotech project expands the debate to the future of genetically engineered organisms
Thursday, 26 January 2017

Testbiotech has started a brand new project under the heading “Set limits to biotech!”. We will be providing answers to a whole range of questions about biotech, using illustrations and citing examples. The project will, in addition, provide critical analysis and present a set of political demands. Besides including information on the kind of genetically engineered organisms that are likely to be developed in the near future, we will be showing what we need to do to protect our health and the environment.

Risks associated with the genetically engineered soybean Intacta should undergo more detailed assessment

Scientific publication casts doubt on the arguments of the EU Court of Justice

15 January 2017 / A new scientific publication authored by Testbiotech experts shows that health risks associated with Monsanto’s genetically engineered soybean “Intacta” were not sufficiently assessed. The soybeans produce an insecticide and are resistant to glyphosate and are allowed to imported for use in food and feed in the EU. Health risks arising from interactions between the residues left over from the glyphosate formulations and the insecticide were not investigated despite data showing that toxicity can be thus enhanced.

European patent granted on genetically engineered insects

Mating in natural populations will cause any offspring to die or be seriously mutilated

17 December 2017 / The European Patent Office has granted a patent on genetically engineered insects to Oxitec (EP1984512). The patent covers synthetic DNA sequences purposely engineered to mutilate or kill insects, including insects inheriting the DNA. Once released, the intention is that the insects will mate in natural populations. Any offspring will either be blind, unable to fly, sterile or die at an early stage of their development. In many cases, only the female offspring will be affected, while the males will carry on spreading the genes.

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