Europe’s first and last field trial of gene-edited plants?

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Faure, J-D. and Napier, J. A. 2018. Europe’s first and last field trial of gene-edited plants? eLife. 7 (e42379).

AuthorsFaure, J-D. and Napier, J. A.

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

Year of Publication2018
Journal citation7 (e42379)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeTPM - Tailoring Plant Metabolism - Work package 1 (WP1) - High value lipids for health and industry
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online18 Dec 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted05 Dec 2018
PublisherElife Sciences Publications Ltd
Copyright licenseCC BY

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