Responsible Use Will Avoid ‘Potentially Devastating Impacts on Biodiversity, Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Wildlife Federation and five peer conservation and scientific advocacy organizations issued six principles today to ensure new and emerging gene-editing technologies are safely and responsible developed, studied, and deployed. The principles, published in Nature Biotechnology, endorse robust “management, oversight, and stewardship” of these technologies.
“Gene editing technologies present both potentially significant benefits as well as significant risks to biodiversity and native ecosystems. There is an immediate need for adequate safeguards to ensure against unintended environmental consequences while still allowing for technological innovation,” said Aviva Glaser, director of agriculture policy for the National Wildlife Federation. “These principles offer a pathway for the responsible use of gene editing technology — one that allows for innovation and societal benefits while avoiding potentially devastating impacts on biodiversity and the environment.”
The principles are:
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