Risk posed by 'garage geneticists': Fears amateur scientists using DNA editing technology may cause harm

Amateur scientists toying with powerful gene editing technology in their garages could pose a future risk to human health and the environment, a new report warns.
It highlights a growing trend for so-called 'biohackers' who use new technology to modify the DNA in living organisms outside of traditional research institutions. 
While most of these groups of amateur researchers are attempting to solve problems like creating new flavours of beer, some could do more harm.
The report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics points to £100 kits that can effectively 'cut and paste' DNA in yeast or... read more

30 September 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 38
Source: Daily Mail

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