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Calls for overhaul of gene-technology regulations

An expert panel set up by Royal Society Te Apārangi to consider the implications of new technologies that allow much more controlled and precise ‘editing’ of genes, has concluded it’s time for an overhaul of the regulations and that there’s an urgent need for wide discussion and debate about gene editing within and across all New Zealand communities.

The Society convened the panel, along with a Māori reference group, to explore the implications of gene editing as well as capture Māori views and approaches to assessing this technology. The panel was not asked to come to a view about the merits or otherwise of any particular application of gene editing.

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