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Science lobby criticised for stance on GM techniques

Biotech companies and research organisations are pushing to exclude “a whole new generation of genetic engineering techniques” from EU regulations, the Corporate Europe Observatory campaign has said.

These techniques include gene editing methods such as cisgenesis or reverse breeding. Several organisations that develop these techniques argue that the resulting products should not fall under the EU’s legal definition of Genetically Modified Organisms. They argue that the techniques in question do not alter plant DNA to a greater extent than traditional breeding techniques.

However, according to CEO, which campaigns against what it sees as excessive influence of industry lobbying in EU policy decisions, that “the legal case that new GM techniques should be covered by the current regulations is, in fact, crystal clear”.

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