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Conflicts from the application of Gene Drives? An Investigation to explore their potential and possible consequences

Project Leader
Giese Bernd Moritz, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
01.01.2019-29.02.2020
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany.
Contact person: Dr. Gunnar Jeremias;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Leon-Gruchalski Bartholomäus, Project Staff
Frieß Johannes Ludwig, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Safety and Risk Sciences
Funded by
German Foundation for Peace Research, Am Ledenhof 3-5, 49074 Osnabrück, Germany
Abstract
The pilot study should provide the basis for a more comprehensive study that a) investigates the possible potential for conflict that is inherent to gene drives and b) explores the measures that are best suited to address such threats. Crucial, however, is the question of whether gene drives have the potential to be used as a weapon. In addition, it must be clarified in what way conflicts can arise or be promoted from their intended use for peaceful purposes.
Keywords
Genetic engineering;
bioweapon; gene drive; genome editing; potential for conflict;
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