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New rules for Genome Editing is required : FDP wants to new genetic engineering laws

The FDP parliamentary group wants to roll up to the European and German genetic engineering legislation. In a request that has been submitted to the daily mirror, is used to prompt the Bundestag to decide, the Federal government may "at the European level for a fundamental Revision of the EU GMO law" and also "the German genetic engineering law accordingly".

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the occasion is the recent case law of the European court of justice (ECJ) of 25. July 2018, new breeding methods, such as by means of the Gene-scissors CRISPR/Cas9 or other Genome Editing methods fall under the release Directive "2001/18/EC" and "genetic engineering" to regulate. This means, even if by means of Genome Editing, the same genetic change, such as in the case of a conventionally-bred variety is brought about, just need to go through the genome-edited Plant from a marketing extensive, lengthy and costly security checks.

The application of the liberal aims, at a European level "in the long term, the result of the breeding to the centre of the approval consideration is provided, and thus the Transition to a product-oriented approval procedure, which takes into account the actual Risk level for humans, animals and the environment in an appropriate manner". "All plant breeding procedures" should be reviewed by an independent European authority, a "tiered risk classification procedures". Approximately every five years should be checked, "the scientific relevance and practical applicability of breeding schemes". Further, the Federal government should ensure that release attempts, which were for the practical research is essential, are possible in Germany.

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no longer decoupled "The current guidelines (...) the present state of knowledge at all", explained the group is in the foray. It could no longer be tolerated, that Germany and the EU are decoupled due to the limitations of the currently existing genetic engineering to the right permanently from the technologies of the future and "well-trained, in particular young researchers (...) from Germany and the EU migration". Before that 130 researchers warned in an open letter to the research and the Ministry of Agriculture and also called for a change in the law.

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The discussion on Green genetic engineering was distorted by a lot of misunderstandings and misleading claims, says the FDP's Deputy Carina Konrad. In many European countries, including the Netherlands, will discuss the topic of Genome Editing wide, but not in Germany. The Federal government's answer Appeals to science and research so far, unfortunately, only met with Silence. "You must now recognize the signals and act on them."

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