EU: A Ruling on Gene Editing Adds Another Wrinkle To Trade Talks

MIN READJul 30, 2018 | 21:51 GMT

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the products of gene editing, an emergingGene  field of biotechnology, should be considered genetically modified, subjecting them to more intense regulation.


The European Court of Justice has ruled that new gene editing techniques fall within the broader definition of genetic modification, which is subject to strict regulation and, in some cases, outright bans within the European Union. The decision unveiled on July 25 modifies a previous opinion issued by the court that was less definitive. Last week's ruling will hobble research and development of agricultural biotechnology within Europe and likely prompt more biotech companies to move their operations outside the continent....

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