Tell Kickstarter not to allow bioengineered organisms
Jim T. Canada
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Kickstarter is currently listing a project by 3 biohackers to make glowing plants through the controversial techniques of Synthetic Biology - an extreme form of genetic engineering The technology is so new that no one is regulating it yet. The biohackers will send 100 seeds of their bioengineered plants to people who donate more than $40. Right now that means more than 600,000 modified plant seeds will be shipped in an unregulated, uncontrolled and unmonitored experiment -the first ever deliberate release of synthetic biology organisms. The project would also set a dangerous precedent that could see Kickstarter becoming a one-stop shop for biotech companies wanting to get risky living organisms out into nature. Kickstarter already sets out rules blocking risky products like weapons and even benign products like sunglasses. It’s time to add bioengineered lifeforms to the list of things prohibited by Kickstarter's ethical guidelines.
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