Genetic technologies such as gene editing are developing quickly and their cost is rapidly falling. This is creating new approaches in health care, environmental management and food production, which have reached a point that challenges existing legal, regulatory and risk assessment systems, with some applications raising ethical concerns around the world. Aotearoa New Zealand needs to ensure that its regulatory framework is able to accommodate these technological developments while protecting our unique environment and indigenous and cultural heritage. This report examines the current New Zealand legal and regulatory environment, informed by its analysis of, and stakeholder reaction to, a range of scenarios demonstrating possible future applications of gene editing techniques.

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