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Update: Madagascar breaks ranks on Genome editing

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”2/3″][image_with_animation image_url=”53933″ alignment=”” animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_blank” img_link=”http://enb.iisd.org/biodiv/cop14/enb/14nov.html”][vc_column_text]Photo by IISD/ENB | Francis Dejon[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”30″][vc_column_text]Update: Yesterday, I published an indepth look into the challenging debate around Gene drives. As of this afternoon, much remains the same. Discussions on genome editing, and a proposed regulatory framework on the release of gene drives remain a stalemate that may continue to challenge even the most linguistically skilled lawyers.

New Development: However, in a move that has shocked observers, the mega-diverse island nation of Madagascar has spoken out in support of Bolivia’s proposal for a full moratorium on the release of gene drives. This represents the first African Union nation to break-ranks in support of what many in Civil society have been asking for.

Following the Contact Group, negotiators from Bolivia and Madagascar were seen discussing means of taking their now joint position forward and aligning with other nations who may feel similarly.

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