Devang Mehta summarized in his short opinion report some of the current discussion how genome editing could revolutionize agriculture. Starting out with the technology at hand and outlining the importance of natural variation and creating diversity, Devang Mehta shows what a new agriculture using genome editing could look like and puts things in a global perspective while referring to the pressing legal questions regarding patenting, ownership and funding that are addressed in the current public, political and expert debate. The opinion report is addressed to the lay public.
Devang Mehta is an alumni of the PSC PhD Program in Science and Policy and had received a fellowship within IDP BRIDGES Science and Policy in the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no GA-2013-608422 – IDP BRIDGES. 00001