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12/11/2018 - MoLife Research Seminar: Reeves

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 13:00
Lecture Hall of Research II


Talk by:

Dr. Guy Reeves, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

Title of the talk:

The Future (and the presen) of Genetically Modified Viruses in the Environment


An program that seeks to perform gene editing in fields of crops using GM viruses is ongoing. It is claimed that farmers would welcome the possibility to respond, in already planted crops, to drought, frost, flooding, herbicides, salinity, or disease.

The speed and flexibility of horizontally infectious techniques compared with vertically inherited techniques (includes all conventional transgenic approaches) mean that GM virus techniques are likely to continually attract interest for agricultural applications. There are however few scientists and policy makers with a broad overview of the scientific, societal and legal implications of the use of GM viruses. This represents a problem for making decisions about if or how this technology might develop. More info and Open Access redirect link to recent Science article


All are welcome!

Further information by the host: Prof. Dr. Roland Benz, Professor of Biotechnology - Email: r.benz [at] - Link to Homepage