EDITING NATURE

Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies

New Haven, Connecticut

EDITING

NATURE

Integrating technology and collective wisdom to heal our planet

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

OUR IMPACT

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

THE OPPORTUNITY

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.

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

of environmental genetic engineering.

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

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Genetically engineered organisms will cross international borders; 

no global oversight exists.

OUR SOLUTION

INCLUSION

INTEGRATION

INNOVATION

We convene conversation and cultivate ideas. 

We integrate a diversity of knowledge to collectively produce wise decisions

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