Europe's scientists rebelling over excessive gene-editing regulations?


My latest for the Genetic Literacy Project:

"Last July, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) surprised pretty much everybody—politicians, industry and environmental NGOs—when it ruled that plants developed using gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR should be regulated as transgenic crops (GMOs) under rules promulgated in 2001, and now widely considered archaic.

[The decision] has fueled a backlash from frustrated scientists and a handful of EU countries that have made clear that the continent’s biotechnology regulations are badly out of date and need revision. The Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Belgium and the United Kingdom have made clear in recent months that they want to continue research on new gene-editing techniques."

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