New genome editing research framework for Mozambique

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Mozambique is on the verge of initiating significant research in crops and animals using genome editing, as the country’s biosafety authority plans to develop a framework to guide such research activities. This was highlighted during a biotechnology workshop held on 5-7 June in Maputo, organized by IITA in collaboration with the University of California-Davis and AUDA-NEPAD. The event assembled scientists, farmer representatives, biosafety regulators, and policymakers to discuss the prospects of genome editing in Africa.

The Mozambique workshop was the third in a series of biotechnology workshops to facilitate discussions on the prospects of genome editing in Africa. Speaking during the biotechnology stakeholder workshop held in Maputo, the Director and Coordinator of the Inter-Institutional Biosafety Working Group (GIIBS), Roda Nuvunga, revealed the nation’s commitment to developing genome editing guidelines as complementary biosafety legislation.

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