CRISPR gene editing and the Biological Weapons Convention

Daniel M Gerstein, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 25 July 2016

The Biological Weapons Convention, signed in the early 1970s, banned the production of all biological and chemical weapons.  With the development of cheap, easy to use gene editing technology, some worry that the provisions outlined in the convention do not properly address CRISPR/Cas9.  In this article Gerstein makes the argument that the Eighth Review Conference, set to convene in November, will most likely conclude that the existing agreement covers the use of CRISPR gene editing without modifications. Gerstein goes on to discuss ways in which the existing agreement may not be strong enough.

Author: Advanced Analytical

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