Enviros call for tighter regulation of ‘extreme genetic engineering’

“We’ve been doing genetic engineering for 30 years, and we’ve been doing it safely. People are hyping this as something new.”

The Washington Post reports:

Genetically engineered microbes that might one day churn out biofuels, clean up toxic waste or generate new medicines need to be proved safe before they are released into the environment, a coalition of 111 environmental and social justice groups said Tuesday.

Led by the environmental advocacy group Friends of the Earth, the coalition also called for stronger government regulations over “extreme genetic engineering” and a moratorium on the commercial use and release of lab-created organisms…