The Emperor’s New Clothes - 'New Breeding Techniques' and synthetic biology - genetic engineering by another name

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Advocates claim that synthetic biology and the so-called New Breeding Techniques (NBTs) are distinct from genetic engineering (GE), write Helena Paul, Elisabeth Bücking & Ricarda Steinbrecher. In fact synthetic biology and NBTs carry similar risks to old-style GE, and even create novel hazards. The 'new GE' techniques - as they should be named - and their products deserve regulation at least as strict as those applying to GMOs. Read the full article on the Ecologist website.

April, 2017

Helena Paul, Elisabeth Bücking, Ricarda A. Steinbrecher

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