Grant Jacobs decided his audience might like to read the arguments presented in an article just published, Moving Beyond the GM Debate, by Ottoline Leyser.
The article is one of two Perspectives in the PLoS Genetics’ The Promise of Plant Translational Research collection and is open-access (i.e. free to be read by anyone).
Readers should note that the article is mostly about recombinant plants, where new genes are added. It’s common for GM (genetic modification) to be defined in terms of adding new genetic material, as the author writes “GM involves introducing a gene directly into the genome of an organism.” New Zealand legislation doesn’t do this but the points she raises are worth thinking about, whether you agree with them or not.
Jacobs says New Zealand’s legislation is based on the techniques that create the plants rather than what is created.
Leyser’s suggestion that testing should be based on traits irrespective of the how the new plant was created is similar to Jacobs’ initial thoughts.