UK officials say they will enact ‘science-based’ biotech crop regulations

| September 18, 2018
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[On September 14th] the I published an article regarding the future of gene editing following a letter from 30 leading scientists to the Environment Secretary requesting the government reconsiders how research and future use of gene-edited crops will be carried out post Brexit.

This letter follows a decision made by the European Court of Justice in July to extend the ban on genetic modification to include gene editing.

A Defra spokesperson said:

The Government has always been clear that we take a science-based approach to GM regulation and our priority is safeguarding health and the environment. Our view remains that gene-edited organisms should not be subject to GM regulation if the changes to their DNA could have occurred naturally or through traditional breeding methods.

Read full, original:  Defra in the media

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