Gene-edit­ing crops in US

The Guardian Weekly - - Discovery -

Re­searchers in the US have been given the go-ahead to use gene-edit­ing tech­niques to al­ter crops and plants. The de­ci­sion opens the door for sci­en­tists to cre­ate a new gen­er­a­tion of ge­net­i­cally al­tered crops with­out se­ri­ous re­stric­tion and paves the way for ap­provals for sim­i­lar work in Britain and the rest of Europe. The de­ci­sion – by the US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture – has de­lighted sci­en­tists who had feared that lim­i­ta­tions on the cre­ation of ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied crops would also be im­posed on crops cre­ated us­ing far sim­pler gene-edit­ing tech­niques.

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