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  Posting date: September 06, 2017
Broadening the Debate on the Development of Cisgenic Plants
This paper underscores the importance of broadening the scope of the debate on emerging plant breeding technologies, such as cisgenic GM plants.
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  Posting date: July 13, 2017
A Critical Review of the Academy of Science in South Africa's report on Second Generation GMOs
A new report highlights that so-called new breeding techniques, in general, involve many of the same processes used to produce first generation GMOs, with similar risks and have also introduced additional risks.
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  Posting date: June 13, 2017
CRISPR Gene Editing Caused Hundreds of Unintended Mutations in Mice Genome
A new study has found that CRISPR-based gene-editing introduced hundreds of unintended mutations into the genome of mice.
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  Posting date: June 09, 2017
Ecological and Ethical Implications of Using CRISPR‐based Gene Drive to Control Crop Pests
This paper discusses the ecological and ethical implications of using CRISPR‐based gene drive to control crop pests, given the risks of long-term effects and uncertain regulation over this new technology.
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  Posting date: April 26, 2017
Synthetic Biology and New Breeding Techniques Are Genetic Engineering Technologies
Advocates claim that synthetic biology and new breeding techniques are distinct from genetic engineering whereas in fact, they carry similar risks to old-style GE and may even create new ones. Thus, they should require more, rather than less, scrutiny.
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  Posting date: March 15, 2017
Two Simplified Briefings Introducing New GM Technologies and Biosafety Risks
Two new briefings from the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) focus on the new GM technologies and their associated uncertainties and risks.
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  Posting date: December 28, 2016
Organic Agriculture Maintains Its Exclusion of All GM Technologies
The organic movement is expanding its stand on the exclusion of GM from organic systems, to include new technologies like synthetic biology and new plant breeding techniques.
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  Posting date: December 27, 2016
Consumers Call for Regulation of New Genetic Engineering Techniques
EU and US consumers call for products derived from new genetic engineering techniques to be regulated and labeled as GMOs.
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  Posting date: December 20, 2016
Four Steps Forward, One Leap Back on Global Governance of Synthetic Biology
Parties to the CBD have made progress in the global governance and oversight of synthetic biology. However, progress on risk assessment work under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety has stalled.
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  Posting date: December 13, 2016
Biodiversity Convention Considers Genetic Sequence Data and Benefit Sharing
Negotiators at the CBD meeting in Cancun, Mexico are working to resolve tough issues surrounding how to share benefits from the use of genetic sequence data from plants, animals, microbes and other biodiversity.
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