Genetics

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) reliability of genetic use restriction technologies as a biosafety tool.

Photo of Phil Woolas Phil Woolas Minister of State (Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In 2006 DEFRA published a study that reviewed the various technologies that might be used to achieve biological containment and as biosafety tools for crops. This study assessed the current state of play of (a) the effectiveness and (b) the reliability of genetic use restriction technologies (GURTs) as well as other containment technologies for potential use as biosafety tools. The Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE) also provided advice on the findings of this report. Both the study and the ACRE advice are available on the DEFRA website.

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