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Nuffield Council on Bioethics – Genome Editing and Farmed Animals

19 Sep 2019

illustration suggesting amendments to DNA

GM Freeze responded to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics call for evidence on Genome Editing and Farmed Animals. Key points in our evidence include:

  • There is growing evidence that genome editing is not as precise or targeted as those promoting it would have us believe.
  • Many proposed applications of genome editing to farmed animals are likely to perpetuate and deepen the negative impacts of intensive farming.
  • Public involvement in the development of policy and regulation of genome editing in farmed animals must be meaningful and broad ranging.
  • We are concerned about the framing of the background and questions in the call for evidence to the inquiry.