The uncontrolled spread of genetically engineered organisms is already a reality
4 December 2016 / The German Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has taken a clear stand against any release of genetically engineered organisms inheriting a 'gene drive'. In a statement she says, “I share your concern that 'gene drives' can severely impact ecosystems, and believe that special precautions are needed in research and risk assessment.
In Germany, the number of genetically engineered animals being used in experiments exceeded one million per year for the first time. The official statistics published for 2015 list more than 1.1 million genetically engineered animals, most of these are rats and mice. This is an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the figures in 2014 (984.886 genetically engineered animals).
It exposes an alarming trend: From 2004 to 2013, the number of genetically engineered animals used in experiments tripled from 317.777 to 947.019.
Testbiotech provides infographics, targeted search tools and updated background information on genetically engineered plants
1 December 2012 / In recent months, Testbiotech has been working on completely revamping its database of EU authorisations for genetically engineered plants. The database now provides a comprehensive overview of plant characteristics, risk-relevant issues and gaps in current risk assessment carried out in the EU. We have, amongst other things, improved the search tools, added missing data and integrated infographics.