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Genetic engineering of wild species could solve some of our world's most pressing challenges.
Irresponsible use of this technology - or a refusal to explore its potential - could imperil both human and environmental health.
Editing Nature is a platform that enables collective guidance of environmental genetic engineering.
Inform by providing access to comprehensive and balanced data, stories, and expertise.
Convene by creating community and cultivating conversation across disciplines and cultures.
Advocate for responsible technology development and effective and equitable policy.
Dinny Nolan Tjampitjinpa - Water Dreaming at Mikanji - 1988
Courtesy of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
What & WHY
New genetic technologies like CRISPR gene editing and gene drives are changing how we alter the environment. Environmental release of gene edited plants and animals may provide long sought-after solutions for public health, environmental conservation, and sustainable agriculture. Around the world, projects are underway to genetically suppress, restore, or transform wild species and, by extension, the ecosystems and human communities they are part of.
reducing insect-borne diseases
elimination of invasive species
Climate Change Adaptation
resiliency for threatened species
chemical-free pest suppression
The complexity of these technologies demands diverse expertise. Technology design often doesn't integrate across disciplines and perspectives.
Deployment decisions will be made in uncertainty. Most risk assessments aren't transparent or broad enough.
Local communities have a right to how these decisions are made. Existing regulation doesn't acknowledge that right.
These organisms are likely to cross international borders. No global oversight exists.
Policy forum in Science
02 Nov 2018
By Natalie Kofler
Correspondence in Nature
02 Jan 2019
Think Out Loud
Oregon Public Radio
20 Dec 2018
15 Nov 2018
When We Talk About Animals
20 Nov 2018
02 Nov 2018