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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Europe’s first and last field trial of gene-edited plants?
Author(s): Faure, Jean-Denis
Napier, Johnathan A
Keywords: General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
General Immunology and Microbiology
General Neuroscience
General Medicine
Issue Date: 18-Dec-2018
Citation: Faure J & Napier JA (2018) Europe’s first and last field trial of gene-edited plants?. eLife, 7, Art. No.: e42379.
Abstract: On 5 June this year the first field trial of a CRISPR-Cas-9 gene-edited crop began at Rothamsted Research in the UK, having been approved by the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. However, in late July 2018, after the trial had started, the European Court of Justice ruled that techniques such as gene editing fall within the European Union's 2001 GMO directive, meaning that our gene-edited Camelina plants should be considered as genetically modified (GM). Here we describe our experience of running this trial and the legal transformation of our plants. We also consider the future of European plant research using gene-editing techniques, which now fall under the burden of GM regulation, and how this will likely impede translation of publicly funded basic research
DOI Link: 10.7554/elife.42379
Rights: Copyright Faure and Napier. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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