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United Nations’ SBSTTA Cautions Synthetic Bacteria, Geoengineering Research and Use

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In lieu of the latest developments in self-replicating synthetic bacteria cell production at the J. Craig Venter Institute and Silver Lining’s Cloud Whitening Technology development, the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) expressed concern and urged caution in the use of these new technologies at a recent meeting in Nairobi. Many of the meetings participants offered their opinions on the new developments:

"We are worried about the negative impacts of geoengineering and synthetic life forms on Africa," said a representative from Malawi.

"We believe that there should be no field release of synthetic life, cell or genome into the environment until through scientific assessments have been conducted in an open, transparent and participatory process involving all parties (members), indigenous and local communities," said Mundita Lim of the Philippines.

Read more at InterPress Service.

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