Genome Editing: Applications in Agriculture

 28-29 June 2018OECD, Paris


The OECD Conference on Genome Editing: Applications in Agriculture – Implications for Health, Environment and Regulation explored the safety and regulatory considerations raised by genome edited products, with the aim to favour a coherent policy approach to facilitate innovation involving genome editing and will bring together policy makers, academia, innovators and other stakeholders involved in the topic.

The conference was organised across three themes:

  • applications of genome editing in agriculture – including plant and animal breeding
  • risk and safety considerations
  • regulatory aspects

Genome editing – set of techniques in which specialised enzymes have been modified – can insert, replace or remove DNA from a genome with a high degree of specificity. Genome editing, and one of its most discussed techniques the CRISPR/Cas9 system, has received increasing attention in the academic press and the wider media. This advanced form of genetic engineering provides tools at relatively low cost for innovation in biomedicine, agriculture, industrial biotechnology and other sectors relating to the bioeconomy.

The rapidly growing use of genome editing has policy implications and human health and environmental safety considerations.

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