Biotech Updates

Italy Approves Field Trial of NBT Products

June 7, 2023

Italy's political groups voted unanimously to authorize field experimentation of products of new breeding technologies (NBTs). This is a turning point for the country's agricultural industry.

"It is a step that changes the country's perception of genetic innovation," said Luigi Cattivelli, Director of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Center of the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), the largest Italian research center in the agri-food sector.

New breeding technologies, such as CRISPR, were originally allowed only in vitro. This is the first legislation by a national parliament that promotes NBTs rather than limiting them.

For more information, visit Wired (original article in Italian).

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