Testbiotech has made a new video showing how 'gene drive' works. This new technology is capable of genetically engineering whole natural populations. It involves manipulating the genome of an organism in such a way that it becomes self-replicating in every generation thereafter. This enables the altered gene to spread rapidly throughout natural populations and either replace or eradicate them. The nuclease CRISPR-Cas has a decisive role in this context.
Bundesregierung beantwortet kleine Anfrage der FDP
21. 08. 2018 / Nach der Süddeutschen Zeitung (SZ) berichtet auch Spiegel Online sehr einseitig über Testbiotech und die Einrichtung der „Fachstelle Gentechnik und Umwelt“. Trotz harscher Vorwürfe wurde Testbiotech auch dieses Mal nicht um eine Stellungnahme angefragt. Abermals wird Testbiotech pauschal unterstellt, nicht wissenschaftlich zu arbeiten.
New genetic engineering techniques will be subject to EU GMO regulation
25 July 2018 / The European Court of Justice today ruled on the regulation of new methods of genetic engineering. According to the ruling, plants that are changed in their genetic condition through application of new genetic engineering methods cannot be exempted from existing EU GMO regulation. Testbiotech welcomes this decision. The Court follows a similar legal interpretation as provided in legal dossier that was published by Testbiotech already some weeks ago.
Testbiotech to release a video clip showing a possible future scenario
18 July 2018 / Today Testbiotech is releasing a video clip about the first mushroom to be created through having its genome manipulated by CRISPR-Cas. It is worldwide the first CRISPR organism to be approved for use in food production: US authorities gave their go-ahead in 2016. Because no additional genes were inserted, the regulatory authorities did not request a detailed risk assessment. As yet, the mushroom is not available on the market.