German ministry urged to support a moratorium
12 October 2018 / The German Ministry for the Environment has in response to an open letter sent by several civil society organisations issued a statement very critical of genetically engineered organisms carrying a so-called gene drive. The ministry announced that it will take action on an international level to make sure that the associated risks are fully investigated. This position is especially relevant for an upcoming international conference within the framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will take place in November.
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.