Synthetic gene drives in Australia: implications of emerging technologies

Discussion paper. Synthetic gene drives in Australia: implications of emerging technologies

This discussion paper by the Australian Academy of Science considers synthetic gene drives in a specifically Australian context and highlights the potential benefits and hazards of possible applications, emphasising the need to eventually consider these within a risk assessment framework.

The paper discusses environmental hazards, social and economic issues (including trade implications) and how the technology can be managed within Australia’s governance arrangements.

Our unique Australian environment generates a number of issues specific to our country; the Academy intends this discussion paper to complement the international discussion underway and to inform Australian governments and our community about gene drives in Australia.

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