Welcome to the latest edition of ET news – the newsletter of Friends of the Earth’s Emerging Tech Project.
Time for a ban on certain sorts of genetic engineering?
Scientists recently captured mainstream media attention with calls for a ban on human germline editing – the genetic engineering of human DNA passed on from one generation to the next. The scientists are deeply concerned about the ethical and safety implications of research involving the genetic engineering of human embryos.
US regulator proposes nano reporting requirements whilst Australian regulators remain asleep
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed reporting requirements on companies manufacturing and importing nanoscale chemicals to gather vital information on the volumes produced, exposure levels, and any potential health and safety risks. Meanwhile, in Australia, plans to regulate nano forms of existing chemicals seem to have been abandoned.
New studies show environmental and health risks of nanomaterials
While the rate of commercialisation of products containing nanomaterials accelerates rapidly, the environmental, health and safety studies that should have been done before commercial release occurs are only slowly appearing
We have produced new factsheets on synthetic biology and the occupational health and safety concerns associated with nanomaterials. Please drop us a line if you’d like us to post you some paper copies.