Cytology and Genetics

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 204–212 | Cite as

Legal Regulation of Plant Genome Editing with the CRISPR/Cas9 Technology as an Example

  • M. O. Medvedieva
  • Ya. B. Blume


The product-oriented and the process-oriented legal approaches to the regulation of genome editing technologies, CRISPR/Cas9 in particular, are considered. The relevant legislation of the United States and the European Union and some international treaties are analyzed. The issue of genome editing that is within the scope of GMO legislation and general legislation on risk assessment and regulation is addressed. The issue of patenting of gene editing technologies in the legislation of the United States and the European Union and under international law is considered. “Patent wars” between research teams that developed the CRISPR/Cas9 technology are described. The possibilities of obtaining patent protection for plants produced by genome editing are considered.


genome editing CRISPR/Cas9 technology legal regulation EU legislation US legislation international law patents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of KyivKyivUkraine
  2. 2.Institute of Food Biotechnology and GenomicsNational Academy of Sciences of UkraineKyivUkraine

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