Framing genetic engineering as ‘natural’ fuels conflict and creates distractions in the discussions about the technology, including those around the newly commercialised techniques of genome editing and gene silencing.
While promising, techno solutions in agriculture also bring inevitable questions. A new report asks and whether such innovations free us from, or perpetuate, “agribusiness-as-usual”.
Science, Policy & Genetic Technologies: Gene Editing, Nature, and Biological Risks
Why should conservationists be interested in the technological ability to change the genome of wild, free-moving species? What governance mechanisms are guiding discussions around the use of these technologies in conservation?
This thoughtful podcast is the third episode of a 4-part mini-series on genetic technologies, originated by Cambridge University's Centre for Science and Policy.
Dr Rob Doubleday is joined by University of Cambridge geographer and Emeritus Moran Professor of Conservation Professor Bill Adams, and Dr Catherine Rhodes, the Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk and a Senior Research Associate, Biosecurity Research Initiative at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
In this episode, they discuss gene drives, the implications of genetic technologies for conservation, biological conventions and biological risks.