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July 25, 2018

CRISPR plants now subject to tough GM laws in Europe

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Nature – Gene-edited crops should be subject to the same stringent regulations as conventional genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Europe’s highest court ruled today.

The decision, by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) in Luxembourg, is a major setback for proponents of gene-edited crops, including scientists. They had hoped that organisms created using new, precise gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR–Cas9 would be exempted from existing European law that has limited the planting and sale of GM crops.

Instead, the ECJ ruled that crops created using these technologies are subject to a 2001 directive. The directive was developed based on older breeding techniques and imposes high hurdles for developing GM crops for food.

Read more at Nature.

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