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Gene editing is GM, says European Court
by Paul Rincon, Science Editor, BBC News website

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25 July 2018

On 25 July 2018 BBC News reported: The European Court of Justice has ruled that altering living things using the relatively new technique of genome editing counts as genetic engineering. It would mean any novel food developed with the help of gene editing would need to be labelled as GM. In the opinion of ECJ Advocate General Michal Bobek, 'mutagenesis' covers any alteration to a genome -- effectively the instruction booklet for life. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... The best known genome editing technique, known as Crispr-Cas9, involves cutting strands of DNA with molecular 'scissors'. When the organism's natural repair systems kick in to repair the break, it presents scientists with the opportunity to insert the DNA sequence of their choosing -- essentially rewriting the blueprint for life.

The ruling came about because of a legal action brought by the French agricultural union Confederation paysanne, which had argued that herbicide-resistant seed varieties posed a risk to the environment however they were made. ... the group GM Freeze, which campaigns in favour of a moratorium on GM food and farming in the UK, welcomed the move.

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