Crop Conundrum the EU Should Decide Definitively Whether Gene-Edited Plants Are Covered by GM Laws.
15 December 2015
When philosopher George Santayana said more than a century ago that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, he could have been predicting the European Union and its approach to genetically modified (GM) organisms.
As we report in a News story, the EU is dragging its feet over a legal ruling that could affect research and innovation for years to come. At stake is the use of gene-editing tools such as CRISPR–Cas9, which are revolutionizing biology. These techniques should theoretically trigger few safety alarms, yet they may be snared by the onerous legislation that has already added layers of bureaucracy to research involving conventional genetic engineering, and has slowed the cultivation of GM crops almost to a standstill in many nations.