Potential Implications of New Synthetic Biology and Genomic Research Trajectories on the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

57 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2018 Last revised: 8 Aug 2018

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Eric Welch

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies

Margo A. Bagley

Emory University School of Law; University of Virginia School of Law

Todd Kuiken

North Carolina State University

Selim Louafi

Centre De Coopération Internationale En Recherche Agronomique Pour Le Développement (CIRAD)

Date Written: October 1, 2017

Abstract

This scoping report focuses on the potential implications of new synthetic biology and genomic research trajectories on the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA or ‘Treaty’). Specifically, it provides an introductory examination of how the evolving technological, legal, and institutional context surrounding the exchange and use of digital sequence information (DSI) for synthetic biology and genomic research affects the principles of the Treaty, and specifically its access and benefit-sharing (ABS) framework. Seen broadly, the report addresses the phenomenon of dematerialization, which suggests that “the information and knowledge content of genetic material [could increasingly be] extracted, processed and exchanged in its own right, detached from the physical exchange of the plant genetic material” (FAO, IT/GB-5/13/4).

Keywords: synthetic biology, plant genetic resources, access and benefit sharing, digital sequence information

Suggested Citation

Welch, Eric and Bagley, Margo A. and Kuiken, Todd and Louafi, Selim, Potential Implications of New Synthetic Biology and Genomic Research Trajectories on the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (October 1, 2017). Emory Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3173781 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3173781

Eric Welch

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies ( email )

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Margo A. Bagley (Contact Author)

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University of Virginia School of Law ( email )

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Todd Kuiken

North Carolina State University ( email )

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Selim Louafi

Centre De Coopération Internationale En Recherche Agronomique Pour Le Développement (CIRAD) ( email )

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Paris, 75116
France

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