As world’s scientists herald CRISPR revolution, will Africa follow?

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I am only wondering if those spreading the misinformation are currently following the recent “super” GMO technique referred to as Clusters of Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR), which is being hailed and accepted worldwide. And will somebody go to court to stop CRISPR-modified crop varieties even though the whole world is effusively embracing them?

It is rather unfortunate that a lack of understanding of the scientific basis of GMO has resulted in a group of people taking the whole country hostage in their attempt to prevent a bill that commercializes Genetically-Modified (GM) varieties of corn and other crops.

The GMO debate has been raging for almost 40 years now but the fear-mongers are yet to pinpoint any definitive adverse effect on human and/or environmental health. The only argument from the naysayers is bundled in a cocoon of the future “unknowns”, which is not based on any empirical data.

While we are fighting GMOs in Ghana so as to continue with our 18th century crop production and farm practices, the scientific community is moving on with a more powerful form of Genetic Modification/Gene-editing techniques: CRISPR.

The sooner we move along with these biotechnological advancements the better will it be for our food security.

Editor’s note: Benjamin Senyo Bey has a PhD in plant biology

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