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More information about genome editing

Find out more about genome editing in articles, videos and interviews

Introductory reading on genome editing from scientific institutions

Business and supply chain positions

Genome Editing in the EU’s regulatory context

Selected quotes on Genome Editing

  • "There is no such thing as good or bad genetic engineering - we as a society have to discuss and define application areas based on risks and opportunities" - Group of German Greens, 10 June 2020
  • Reform is needed urgently: if provision is not made soon for an evidence-based flexible and proportionate regulatory framework, there is little prospect of agricultural innovation realising its potential in  achieving the Sustainable Development Goal targets by 2030 or of the EU maintaining international competitiveness.” – EASAC commentary, 4 March 2020
  • "Gene-editing is a critical technology with an enormous potential to improve human health and preserve the environment.” EU Commissioner for Research, Carlos Moedas, 13 November 2018
  • “Unintended effects will occur less frequently in gene edited products (…) these products are potentially safer than the products of random mutagenesis.” Chief Scientific Advisors to the EU Commission, 13 November 2018
  • Genome Editing is one of the most powerful technologies of the 21st century” – Bill Gates, 11 April 2018
  • “We have non-transgenic gene editing now, and all that does is expedite what could happen naturally in a breeding technique very, very quickly.” – US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, 8 April 2019,  quoted in Genetic Literacy Project

Other relevant websites

Videos from the American Seed Trade Association (plant-focused):

Plant Breeding Innovation
Saving the Orange
Lettuce vs. Climate Change
Breeding for Better Bread