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UK ethics body says #GeneEditedBabies may be ‘morally permissible’

UK ethics body says #GeneEditedBabies may be ‘morally permissible’

| July 19, 2018

The use of gene editing technologies to alter the DNA of human embryos could be morally permissible as long as the science and its impact on society is carefully considered, a British ethics panel said on Tuesday (17 July), writes Health and Science Correspondent Kate Kelland. Experts from the UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics said […]

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#Estonia offers 100,000 residents free #GeneticTesting

#Estonia offers 100,000 residents free #GeneticTesting

| March 20, 2018

Estonia has started a program to recruit and genotype 100,000 new biobank participants as part of its National Personalized Medicine programme. The government wants to develop its health-care system by offering all its residents genome-wide genotyping that will be translated into personalized reports for use in everyday medical practice through the national e-health portal. The […]

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#Glyphosate: Hysteria wins out yet again over science and rationality

#Glyphosate: Hysteria wins out yet again over science and rationality

| January 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Germany’s decisive vote late last year ended the deadlock over whether to renew the license for the world’s most commonly used weed killer, glyphosate – though heavy pressure from certain EU member states and green groups meant that the European Commission had to settle for a five-year renewal rather than the 15-year extension initially sought. […]

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#EFSA: Food safety – politics and science simply cannot mix

#EFSA: Food safety – politics and science simply cannot mix

| May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former US president Barrack Obama has shone a light on the combustive mix of technology, politics and climate and their impact on global security and food production. In a speech at the Seeds&Chips food conference in Milan, Obama gave a level headed presentation about the risks faced by the world if consumption habits and production […]

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Environment MEPs back agreement on benefit-sharing of genetic resources

Environment MEPs back agreement on benefit-sharing of genetic resources

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

An agreement struck by EP and Council negotiators on access to genetic resources and sharing the benefits of their use was backed by the environment committee on 22 January. The agreement also covers traditional knowledge held by indigenous or local communities. The new rules should contribute to the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable […]

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Commission: ‘Towards a better use of our genetic resources’

Commission: ‘Towards a better use of our genetic resources’

| November 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has today (29 November) published a report, Genetic Resources – From Conservation to Better Use, outlining Commission aims for the period until 2020. While issues of conservation and halting biodiversity loss in agriculture remain a central element, the report highlights the need for a change of rationale with greater emphasis on an […]

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