Genetic Engineering

(asked on 22nd February 2021) - View Source

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on gene editing.


Answered by
Victoria Prentis Portrait
Victoria Prentis
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
This question was answered on 25th February 2021

Defra’s view is that gene-edited organisms should not be regulated as genetically modified organisms if the end product could have been produced naturally, or by traditional breeding methods. Such gene-edited organisms would not contain DNA from other species. Defra is currently consulting on a proposal to amend the definition of a genetically modified organism as it applies in England.

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