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Integrating biotechnology 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 privilege 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.  

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. 

OUr Approach

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

THE OPPORTUNITY

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.

Public Health

reducing insect-borne diseases

Environmental Conservation

elimination of invasive species

Climate Change Adaptation

resiliency for threatened species 

Sustainable Agriculture

chemical-free pest suppression

THE Challenge

The complexity of these technologies demands diverse expertise. Technology design often doesn't integrate across disciplines and perspectives.  

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Deployment decisions will be made in uncertainty.  Most risk assessments aren't transparent or broad enough.  

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Local communities have a right to how these decisions are made. Existing regulation doesn't acknowledge that right.

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These organisms are likely to cross international borders. No global oversight exists.

OUR Approach

Editing Nature integrates scientific rigor and diverse cultural perspectives to inform wise decisions.

INFORM

CONVENE

ADVOCATE

OUR IMPACT

Editing nature: Local roots of global governance

Policy forum in Science

02 Nov 2018

 

Gene drives: yelling match drowns out voices

By Natalie Kofler

Correspondence in Nature

02 Jan 2019

Ethics in Environmental Gene Editing

Think Out Loud

Oregon Public Radio

20 Dec 2018

 

There needs to be a global policy to govern gene editing, says molecular biologist

The Current

CBC Radio

15 Nov 2018

 

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

When We Talk About Animals

20 Nov 2018

Editing Nature: A Call for Careful Oversight of Environmental Gene Editing

Yale News

02 Nov 2018

OUR IMPACT

Editing nature: Local roots of global governance

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

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