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Scientists weigh-in on gene editing, government may leave “unregulated”

Photo Courtesy of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

 

Gene editing can be defined as making targeted genetic changes to an organism.

The science is a bit more complicated and can be further defined as modifying a cell by changing the genetic material inside it with only manipulation of that material or insertion of new material from the same species.

The report comes from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST). Eighteen-pages, plus research citings, cover the waterfront. A link to the report can be found here.

Scientists describe the types and tools of gene editing, compare gene editing with other types of genetic modification and summarize the varied and conflicting ways the United States and other nations are approaching regulation. A portion of the information for this report comes from Agri-Pulse reporters.

The CAST report also describes scientists’ and the public’s views, along with the dilemma of achieving coherent public policies on gene editing. It also discusses the outlook for future adoption on the farm.

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