UN Treaty Agrees to Limit Gene Drives But Rejects a Moratorium

November 29, 2018

(Nature) – Nations rejected a proposal to temporarily ban the release of organisms carrying gene drives — a genetic-engineering technology designed to spread mutations rapidly through a target population — on 29 November at a meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Dozens of scientists opposed the moratorium proposal, although numerous environmental and activist groups supported it.

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