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Humans - the laboratory animals of the future

Testbiotech criticises experiments to create chimeric embryos

2 February 2017 / Testbiotech is highly critical of experiments attempting to create chimeric embryos by inserting human embryonic cells into embryos from animal species. In the experiments, human cells were injected into embryos taken from cattle and pigs. The cells then became an integral part of the embryonic development of the pigs, and part of various tissues. Testbiotech is warning against a development which can seriously damage the principle of human dignity.

Vote on new cultivation of genetically engineered maize: no qualified majority

Member States and the EU Commission met in Brussels today

27 January 2017 / Today representatives of the Member States and the EU Commission met to discuss and vote on the cultivation of genetically engineered maize. The EU Commission wants to give new authorisations for the cultivation of genetically engineered maize before the growing season 2017 starts. Three variants of transgenic maize expressing insecticidal toxins, registered as MON810, Maize 1507 and Bt 11, are being considered. Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer and Syngenta are pushing for the market introduction of the seeds. At today's vote, no decision was reached.

“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.

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