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Genetically engineered microorganisms on the rise

Potential applications encompass humans, animals, plants and many ecosystems

4 June 2020 / The number of projects aiming to genetically engineer microorganisms has increased strongly in recent years. More effective techniques of analysis and re-synthesis of gene sequences can now be used as starting point for seeking new markets for ‘SynBio’ organisms. Projects include microorganisms which, for example, colonise the gut of humans or bees, live on the surface or inside plants or are abundant in soils.

Double standards in the safety assessment of genetically engineered soybeans

Transgenic plants are not being tested according to current EU regulations

29 May 2020 / In December 2019, the EU Commission decided to renew two market approvals for genetically engineered (GE) soybeans produced by Bayer. The soybeans (MON89788 and A2704-12) are resistant to applications of the herbicides glyphosate resp. glufosinate. The soybeans were first allowed for EU import more than ten years ago. Testbiotech has asked the Commission to withdraw the decision extending market approval. The reason: the risks associated with the GE soybeans were not assessed in accordance with current EU standards.

Will Bayer GE soybeans be allowed for use in food production without safety being demonstrated?

EU Parliament votes against import of soybeans with triple resistance to herbicides

14 May 2020 / Yesterday the EU Parliament voted with a huge majority against the import of genetically engineered (GE) soybeans (MON 87708 x MON 89788 x A5547-127) resistant to three herbicides produced by Bayer. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) considered the soybeans which inherit several transgenes, to be safe for human consumption. However, according to the EU Parliament, the risk assessment was not sufficient.

EFSA holding public consultation on new methods of genetic engineering

Testbiotech demands major revision

11 May 2020 / The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is holding a public consultation on plants developed with new methods of genetic engineering (genome editing). The EFSA draft document looks at changes made to the genome using tools such as CRISPR/Cas, but without the insertion of additional gene sequences. Testbiotech has concluded that the published draft suffers extensively from not taking numerous relevant publications and important scientific findings into account.

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