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  • OD
  • Mar 17,2021

EU-SAGE contributed to the European Commission’s study on new genomic techniques as one of the selected stakeholders

In November 2019, The Council of the European Union requested the Commission (Council Decision (EU) 2019/1904) to submit, by 30 April 2021, “a study in light of the Court of Justice’s judgment in Case C-528/16 regarding the status of novel genomic techniques under Union law” (i.e. Directive 2001/18/EC, Regulation (EC) 1829/2003, Regulation (EC) 1830/2003 and Directive 2009/41/EC).”

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  • dowou
  • Oct 29,2020

Open debate between scientists, lawyers, ethicists, politicians and policymakers brings Europe one step closer to sustainable agriculture

This new report provides a multifaceted overview of the state-of-the-art scientific evidence with respect to safety of genome-edited crops and their possible potential to provide solutions to current and future agricultural challenges. Issues related to intellectual property and traceability of genome-edited crops and how this will likely affect international trade of food and feed, are also addressed. The report explores paths to harmonise EU legislation with recent scientific developments, while particularly considering relevant ethical and societal facets.

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  • dowou
  • Oct 22,2020

With great power comes great responsibility

On the very first World CRISPR Day, we celebrated what we achieved as a scientific community with CRISPR. Synthego virtually brought together both academic and industrial genome engineering experts to provide insights, practical methods to apply in the lab, and envision how CRISPR can contribute to a sustainable future. In this article we highlight the agricultural topics that were touched during this symposium.

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  • Anonymous
  • Oct 08,2020

CRISPR inventors recognized for bringing greatest benefit to humankind

On 7th October 2020, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology. Ever since the development of these so-called ‘genetic scissors’ in 2012, plant biotechnologists have embraced this cutting-edge technology to drive scientific innovation for a more sustainable and eco-friendly agriculture. The recognition of this genome editing tool by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences resonates with our belief that CRISPR has revolutionized life sciences in a way that greatly benefits mankind. No doubt, this historical news will trigger Europe to reconsider its stand on genome editing for the future of agriculture.

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