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Green Genetic Engineering - Plant Breeding with Genetic Scissors

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Green Genetic Engineering - Plant Breeding with Genetic Scissors

Genetic engineering techniques have considerably expanded plant breeding possibilities. However, in Europe, green genetic engineering is strictly regulated by law and has not yet gained considerable significance. With the development of new molecular genetic tools, known as “genetic scissors”, the question of potential, safety and legal regulation arises again. These tools can be used to modify crops in a more targeted, cost-efficient and time-saving way than the breeding methods previously used..

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New genomic methods such as CRISPR/Cas are expanding the spectrum of plant breeding.

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Plants bred using green genetic engineering must not pose any risks to the environment or health.

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Genome editing makes it possible to change genetic characteristics simply and precisely.

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From a scientific point of view, the regulation of green genetic engineering should be reformed.

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Surveys show that a majority knows little about genome editing and is sceptical.

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Leopoldina members exchange views intensively on the topic of green genetic engineering.

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Scientists from various disciplines are working on green genetic engineering.

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