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Scientists welcome proposed overhaul of gene editing laws

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UK government wants to allow technology now it doesn’t have to ‘slavishly’ adopt EU rulings

Scientists have welcomed a government consultation on plans to approve the use of gene editing to modify crops and livestock in England.

The changes would mark a significant divergence from current European Union law, which says gene-edited products must be regulated in the same way as genetically modified organisms, making gene editing for crops and livestock almost impossible.

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