It's crunch time on CRISPR

It's crunch time on CRISPR

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Last year, the world was shocked when this Chinese scientist used the new genetic modification (GM) technique CRISPR to produce the world’s first GM babies. Scientists globally condemned the research, saying it was too risky to use this technique in human embryos.

But now the Australian Government proposes to deregulate the use of CRISPR and other GM techniques in animals, plants and microbes.

Powerful scientific evidence shows these new GM techniques pose many risks. So it’s vital that organisms produced using these methods are assessed for safety before being released into our environment and supermarkets.

Last year, the world was shocked when this Chinese scientist used the new genetic modification (GM) technique CRISPR to produce the world’s first GM babies. Scientists globally condemned the research, saying it was too risky to use this technique in human embryos.

But now the Australian Government proposes to deregulate the use of CRISPR and other GM techniques in animals, plants and microbes.

Powerful scientific evidence shows these new GM techniques pose many risks. So it’s vital that organisms produced using these methods are assessed for safety before being released into our environment and supermarkets.

Take action!

Australia’s State and Territory Ministers will decide this month if new GM techniques and their products will continue to be regulated, or not. Please email your state Minister now to ensure our governments exercise caution and regulate all new GM processes and products.

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