The latest on synthetic biology, the new genetic engineering breeding techniques, and genetic drivers

Speakers: Helena Paul (EcoNexus), Dr Ricarda Steinbrecher (EcoNexus)

At ORFC 2016, EcoNexus presented on the implications of new GM technologies (“New Breeding Techniques, NBTs) and synthetic biology. For 2017 we offer an update on a rapidly developing field and its questions and implications for agriculture. The last year has seen major developments of these techniques, especially the gene and genome editing techniques (eg so-called CRISPR/Cas). Moreover, commercial interests and a number of governments are seeking to have them excluded from any regulation, especially from GMO regulation, and for that purpose they are launching major initiatives to present them as safe.