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News Release: Last Chance for Kickstarter to stop release of risky seeds

Stop the spread of synthetic biology

There is less than a day to go before the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com hands hundreds of thousands of dollars to a controversial project for the widespread and unregulated distribution of over half a million extreme-bioengineered seeds. Kickstarter, which stands to make over $22,000 from the project (1), has steadfastly refused to comment on its listing of a project to make and distribute ‘glowing genetically modified plants’ using Synthetic Biology.

Kickstarter, biología sintética y biohackers

Por Jim Thomas

Es posible que usted haya oído hablar de Kickstarter, un sitio web muy apreciado por artistas, diseñadores, cineastas y otros, que aprovechan la financiación que consiguen a través de esta plataforma. Pero Kickstarter ha asumido otro nuevo papel, bastante desagradable: una vía para la experimentación de las empresas de biotecnología, que buscan nuevas formas de evadir normas y regulaciones.

Response from 'Glowing Plants' project

Email sent by Antony Evans

 

From: Antony Evans 

Date: May 7, 2013 1:34:33 PM EDT

 

Subject: Re: Request to Cancel the Kickstarter Synthetic Biology ‘Glowing Plants’ project.

Dear Jim Thomas and Eric Hoffman,

Thank you for your interest in our project and taking the time to write to us with your concerns. Please allow me to clarify and expand upon a few key points. 

Kickstopper letter to 'Glowing Plants' project

ETC Group and Friends of The Earth request a halt to Synthetic Biology project.

 

2 May 2013 Dear Antony Evans,

Request to Cancel the Kickstarter Synthetic Biology ʻGlowing Plantsʼ project.

We are writing to express our concern, in the strongest possible terms, about the project you have listed on Kickstarter, which, as currently advertised, will likely result in widespread, random and uncontrolled release of bioengineered seeds and plants produced with synthetic biology techniques. We respectfully request that this project, which poses real world risks to the environment, be abandoned as currently described.

Kickstopper Letter to Kickstarter

ETC and Friends of the Earth request Kickstarter Inc to Cancel the 'Glowing Plants' Project

 

Kickstarter Inc

155 Rivington St.

Second Floor

New York, NY 10002

United States 

30th April 2013

 

Dear Perry Chen, Charles Adler and Yancey Strickler:

Request for Kickstarter to cancel the Synthetic Biology ‘Glowing Plant: Natural Lighting with No Electricity’ project

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