Science Friction Gene re-edited food on the menu: What is it and what has changed?

Scientists Jonathan Napier and Cathie Martin remember when they needed armed guards and high fences to protect their research sites.

Genetically modified (GM) food crops were the target of genetically engineered activists.

But the strict laws governing their crops are changing rapidly.

So are the definitions of what is called GM food and what is not.

What can this mean for your dish? And have scientists learned anything from the heated debates about GM about the best involvement of citizens in decisions related to their research?


Simon Burall Senior Associate, InvolveMember, Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Professor Michael JonesProfessor of Agricultural Biotechnology WA State Center for Agricultural Biotechnology Foundation

Professor Cathie Martin Plant Scientist John Innes Center, UK

Professor Jonathan NapierPlant Scientist and Metabolic Engineer Rothamsted Research, UK @ johnathannapie1


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