Researchers consider appropriate regulatory frameworks for GM insects

 

ICGEB, in the framework of its collaboration with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, publishes a new review article by Oxitec scientists, considering the opportunities and challenges faced in the regulation of the use of genetically modified insects.

The article appears in the Collection of Biosafety Reviews - Vol 6, a compilation of scientific studies on areas of major interest for biosafety and risk assessment, and discusses the current approval status of genetically modified insects, as well as the question as to whether this technology raises unique questions for regulators to consider.

Oxitec is developing and commercialising an effective and environment-friendly proprietary technology for the control of significant insect pests. The proprietary technology builds on inventions from the University of Oxford and employs genetics and molecular biology to enhance the existing radiation based Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), and to extend the control method to a broader range of insect pests.

ICGEB's Biosafety Unit is involved in information dissemination, scientific training in risk assessment for the environmental release of GMOs (capacity building and technology transfer), and co-operation with other international agencies involved in biosafety. The Biosafety Reviews collections include articles by internationally recognized scientists summarising the state of the art in their fields of expertise.

Further reading:

Collection of Biosafety Reviews

GENET-news : http://www.genet-info.org/information-services.html

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