Have governments taken formal positions on gene drive technologies? What are their positions?

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Several national agencies and international organizations have issued statements about biosafety and regulatory considerations for gene drive technologies. These include:

  • The African Union High Level Panel on Emerging Technologies has formally supported research that would explore the use of this technology to control malaria.
  • A number of national academic societies and government agencies have published recommendations for risk assessment of gene drive-modified organisms.
  • Both the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, in which many countries are members, are discussing gene drive technologies and new applications of synthetic biology.

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