51 Honey Bees

Honey Bees – the new genetically engineered laboratory animals

Gene drive organisms: Warning of risks due to uncontrolled releases

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.

Gene drive mosquitoes: changing natural populations through genetic engineering

New Testbiotech video
Monday, 17 September 2018

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.

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