The regulatory agencies operate under the false assumption that gene editing is precise and predictable. In some cases, they even mirror the talking points of the biotech industry: “it’s simply what nature can do anyway, only quicker and more efficient.” This is not true.
A significant number of studies confirm broad categories of unintended effects linked to gene editing that are not being evaluated or taken into account in the regulatory agencies. And then there are also new technologies like gene drives and RNA interference that have not been properly evaluated.
This important knowledge gap points to the necessity of strict oversight and regulation of gene editing in microbes, insects and food crops, as well as farm animals.