What discussions are ongoing at International Union for the Conservation of Nature on synthetic biology and gene drive technologies?
Membership of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) consists of States and government agencies as well as other organizations and institutions with interest in nature conservation. IUCN recently issued a report on the potential use of synthetic biology, including gene drives, for conservation recognizing the need for case-by-case assessments and decision-making for each different application of synthetic biology. Discussions are ongoing regarding the development of an IUCN policy on the implications of synthetic biology in nature conservation.
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