Open Letter: 37 Nobel laureates and over 1,500 scientists call on MEPs to support new genomic techniques
Nobel laureate and CRISPR innovator Jennifer Doudna, other Nobel Prize
winners, and over a thousand scientists are rallying for the benefits of new
genomic techniques (NGs) to the EU and the world. They released an open
letter addressed to the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in light
of the upcoming parliamentary decisions regarding the regulation of NGTs in
In the letter published on We Planet, the laureates and scientists pointed
out that NGTs offer faster and more precise solutions to urgent problems
such as pests and diseases and climate crisis.
"NGTs can dramatically improve this situation. NGTs help to make crop plants
resilient to disease by precise and targeted edits to their genetic code,
thus making our ambitious and vital goals of pesticide reduction possible
while still protecting farmers' yields. It comes as no surprise, then, that
as a result, many of Europe's hard-working farmers - including a growing
number of organic producers - are enthusiastic supporters of NGTs," the
laureates and scientists mentioned in the letter.
The experts called for consideration of science-based evidence on NGTs in
making the decision. They said supporting the technology will position the
EU as a global leader in responsible and evidence-based policymaking.