Integrating technology and collective wisdom to heal our planet

Editing Nature stands in solidarity with Black people protesting their right to life. Their right to live free of fear, discrimination, and violence. Their right to health. Their right to justice. Their right to clean air and water. Their right to be heard.

Our mission at Editing Nature is to create fair processes that empower all voices so together we may create a most just and healthy future. We vow to do everything in our power and white privilage to fight alongside Black people of America and around the world to dismantle white supremacy and the racialized structures and systems that are killing Black lives, our democracies, our environment, and our collective humanity. 



What & WHY

The environmental release of genetically engineered organisms to intentionally alter wild species could solve pressing societal and ecological challenges.


Using this technology irresponsibly or not using it at all could imperil both human and environmental health.

OUr solution

To build processes and deliberative platforms that engage a diversity of voices, promote innovation, inform policy, and foster public engagement to collectively guide the development of environmental genetic technologies and their responsible deployment.

Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa - Water Dreaming at Mikanji - 1988

Courtesy of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Editing nature: Local roots of global goverance

Policy forum in Science

02 Nov 2018

Ethics in Environmental Gene Editing

Think Out Loud

Oregon Public Radio

20 Dec 2018

Natalie Kofler asks: What role should humans play in editing nature?

When We Talk About Animals

20 Nov 2018

Gene drives: yelling match drowns out voices

By Natalie Kofler

Correspondence in Nature

02 Jan 2019

There needs to be a global policy to 

govern gene editing, says molecular biologist

The Current

CBC Radio

15 Nov 2018

Editing Nature: A Call for Careful 

Oversight of Environmental Gene Editing

Yale News

02 Nov 2018


With new gene editing technologies like CRISPR in hand, humans can genetically engineer the wild. Genetic engineering of plants and animals designed for intentional environmental release may provide long sought-after solutions for some of our greatest global challenges.

Protecting human health by engineering insects and rodents to prevent disease transmission.

Restoring ecosystems through genetic elimination of invasive species

Promoting genetic resilience for species threatened by changing environments.

Enabling pesticide-free sustainable agriculture. 

THE Challenge

Responsible development of this technology will require a diversity of inputs and perspectives.



Most regulatory bodies can't address the technical, ethical and social complexity

of environmental genetic engineering.


There is currently no neutral space for meaningful deliberation and informed decision-making.


Genetically engineered organisms will cross international borders; 

no global oversight exists.





We convene conversation and cultivate ideas. 

We integrate a diversity of knowledge to collectively produce wise decisions



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