Research into gene drives – a new form of genetic engineering to wipe out pests – has had a lot of attention, but there has been scant recognition that other affected nations would have to agree to any release.

The key finding of a new study on the governance of gene drives is that the “collective consent” of all countries affected by a gene drive release would be needed.  The report by the Sustainability Council was supported by a grant from the New Zealand Law Foundation.

Read the report.