Genetic modification of organisms is a very controversial issue in New Zealand. Regulatory controls have been developed to try to manage the risk of research using genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Researchers at AgResearch are investigating ways to genetically modify a nematode worm so that it can be used to help control possum numbers. The worm is a common parasite in possums, but in its natural form does not harm the possum it lives in. The worm will be genetically modified so that it can produce a chemical which will make possums infertile.

Genetic modification of organisms

Genetic modification of organisms is a very controversial issue in New Zealand. Regulatory controls have been developed to try to manage the risk of research using genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The Environmental Protection Authority is responsible for giving permission to develop genetically modified organisms. The public also need to be consulted before any genetically modified organisms can be released.

 

    Published 1 December 2005