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Gene-processed foods back on the menu – what are they and what’s changed? – Science Friction

Scientists Jonathan Napier and Cathie Martin recall that they needed armed guards and high fences to protect their research sites.

Genetically modified (GM) food crops have been targeted by activists concerned about genetic engineering.

But the strict laws for their crops are now changing fast

So are the definitions of what is called genetically modified food and what is not.

What could this mean for your plate?

And have scientists learned anything from the heated debates surrounding GM about better involving citizens in research decisions?

GUESTS

Simon Burall
Senior employee, involved
Member, Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Professor Michael Jones
Professor of Agricultural Biotechnology
Establishment of the WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Center

Professor Cathie Martin
plant scientist
John Innes Centre, UK

Professor Jonathan Napier
Plant scientist and metabolic engineer
Rothamsted Research, UK
@johnathannapie1

MORE INFORMATION

Biofortified tomatoes offer a new route to vitamin D adequacy (Nature, 2022)

CRISPR editing of plants and animals gets green light in Australia. What now? (2019)

Genetic Engineering (Precision Breeding) Bill (UK)

Nuffield Council’s Commentary on the UK’s Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill

The Australian Gene Technology Regulatory System

CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna, and debating the ethics of gene editing

Make happier animals? Gene editing in the yard (2017)

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