June 06, 2019

Video: From the Lab to the Field to the Forest

Synthetic biology on the loose

The expert group that will be filing a report with recommendations to the UN Convention on Biodiversity met in early June, and examined a variety of emerging uses of synthetic biology. Jim Thomas was there representing ETC.

Increasingly, syn bio is moving out of the lab, and companies are conducting experiments and even genetic engineering in the wild – for example, by using viruses or gene drives to change genetic structures in nature.

In this 5 minute video, Jim Thomas outlines some of the issues discussed by the CBD’s Ad Hoc Technical Expert group, and how we can respond to increasing attempts to engineer ecosystems for profit.

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