Towards a prospective assessment of the power and impact of Novel Invasive Environmental Biotechnologies

Anna Roessing, Gunnar Jeremias, Bernd Giese, Johannes L. Frieß

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Abstract

Novel environmental invasive biotechnologies, namely gene drives and Horizontal Environmental Genetic Alteration
Agents exceed the classical applications of genetically modified organisms. The reason for this is that both are designed to transform
wild organisms into genetically modified organisms which express desired traits. Instead of in a laboratory, this transformation
takes place in the environment. The far-ranging effects that may be triggered by gene drive and Horizontal Environmental Genetic
Alteration Agents require an extension of risk assessment to include socio-political consequences. The present article offers a first brief
examination whether regulation is prepared for possible conflicts caused by benevolent or by hostile use of these novel technologies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSicherheit und Frieden
Volume38
DOIs
Publication statusAcceptance date - 19 May 2020

Keywords

  • Gene Drive, Dual-Use, Novel Biotechnologies

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