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Date of creation
2019-11-14 16:13 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2019-11-14 16:13 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)

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Gene Drives: A report on their science, applications, social aspects, ethics and regulations
Ruthi Brandt, Elisabeth Bücking, Irina Castro, Doug Gurian-Sherman, Tamara Lebrecht, Lim Li Ching, Lim Li Lin, Christopher J. Preston, Ricarda Steinbrecher, Helen Wallace, Mark Wells, Fern Wickson
  • English
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Summary, abstract or table of contents
Synthetic gene drives are a new form of genetic engineering intended to permanently modify, replace or even eradicate populations or whole species in the wild. In contrast to previous GMOs, gene drive organisms (GDOs) are meant to spread their genetic modifications far and wide; in other words they are meant to be invasive unlike previous GMOs. If this technology fulfils the ambitions of its developers, it will have major implications not just for biodiversity and ecosystems, but also for humanity's relationship with the natural world. Debate about if and how GDOs could be safely employed is proceeding, alongside work on the underlying technology and plans for its deployment, but the international regulatory framework, technology assessment and the inclusion of wide public deliberations lag behind. In this context we have published this report on Gene Drives - their science, applications, social aspects, ethics and regulation - to meet an urgent need for independent and informed analysis of gene drive technology and its implications.

Posted on behalf of Ricarda Steinbrecher (Econexus)
Thematic areas
  • Synthetic biology
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Type of resource
  • Report / Review / Fact sheet / Notes
ISBN: 978-3-00-062389-9
Publisher and its location
Critical Scientists Switzerland (CSS)
Dändlikerrain 3
3014 Bern

European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER)
Marienstraße 19/20
10117 Berlin

Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler (VDW)
Marienstraße 19/20
10117 Berlin
Report: PDF - 338 pages (3317.2 kB)
Summary: PDF - 2 pages (503 kB)
Keywords and any other relevant information
CRISPR, gene drives, biosafety