NEW BREEDING TECHNIQUES: JUMPING GENES & GENE DRIVE UNDER THE LIGHT
This month some interesting news that worth more than a look come from both EU & U.S. recent research results and polls.
Researchers from Cambridge University highlighted the capacity of transposons, better known as “jumping genes” to rapidly generate new traits in various crops to make harvesting more efficient and maximize yield at the same time. New gene targeting technologies are found to be key for further optimization.
Finally, in the current EU executive’s institutional transition period which will see the next Commission to be appointed by year end, a closer look should be taken at how policy and regulatory developments for biotechnology will be addressed and ultimately shaped, going beyond the legislative process. Biotechnology, and specifically new genomic techniques, will be certainly part of the EC’s dedicated Directorate’s overall strategy (Health). Member states will play a key role in this regard.
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