CRISPR Fought the Law and the Law Won!
Those of you in the EU probably already know that last summer, the European Court of Justice made a decision to regulate CRISPR-made products as standard genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This effectively prevents CRISPR plants from being grown in the EU (outside of scientific institutes). This was a bit disappointing to scientists and breeders, many of whom hoped that CRISPR might be exempt from the strict laws-->just like old-school mutagenesis techniques like are.
But it might not have been so disappointing, or surprising, to the public. Even in the US, where GMO crops dominate many markets, may people remain suspicious of GMOs. In Europe, the opinion is fairly unfavourable.
A recent study found that those who are the most anti-GMO are also likely to have the lowest scientific understanding around the topic. But it's not enough to simply dismiss the concerns as ignorance.
Today on the blog we're looking at some of the factors that contribute to peoples distrust of new breeding technologies like CRISPR/Cas9.
Link I'm bio⬆️ And for this one in particular, we would love to see your comments. What did we miss? What do you consider when thinking about or even buying (and eating?!) GMOs?