How will we know whether gene drive technologies are safe?

Category: Gene Drive Safety

This question must be addressed for each proposed use of gene drive technology individually. The safety of gene drive technologies is an important concern shared by all stakeholders. Expert sources such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the World Health Organization have agreed that because of the diversity of possible applications of gene drive their safety must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Safety is evaluated by a process called risk analysis, which takes into account both the characteristics of the technology and those of the environment in which it will be used. This process will help governments and citizens determine whether there are any risks associated with the products of gene drive technology, and if so, whether they are acceptable.

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