The ARRIGE initiative featured in The CRISPR Journal

The ARRIGE initiative described in an article published in the second issue of The CRISPR Journal

The ARRIGE initiative is receiving plenty of attention and generating a lot of interest from media and scientific journals. This is the case of The CRISPR Journal, which features a description of the birth of ARRIGE in its second issue. This article is open access. If you want to know more information about the ideas behind the foundation of ARRIGE, how they were shaped, how they developed and crystalized in the recent kick-off meeting in Paris, essentially aiming toward the responsible use of genome editing technologies, you can now simply read this publication.

 

The ARRIGE initiative presented from the ComunicaBiotec blog

Article by Lluis Montoliu at the blog of the association ComunicaBiotec on the launching and objectives of ARRIGE.

The ARRIGE initiative is being presented from various newspapers, journals, web sites and associations. One of the recent articles about ARRIGE, about its launching in Paris and its objectives, has been written (in Spanish) by Lluis Montoliu for the blog of ComunicaBiotec, a Spanish Association of Communication in Biotechnology. In this article, Lluis Montoliu describes the scenario where ARRIGE was born, the precedent activities and the future ahead, trying to promote the responsible use of genome editing technologies.

 

ARRIGE coverage from Germany

Article in German published by the internet newspaper Pflanzenforschung.de reporting about the ARRIGE kick-off meeting and the overall initiative.

The Online Journal Pflanzenforschung.de just published an article introducing the ARRIGE initiative and the kick-off meeting held in Paris on March 23, 2018. This article is entitled “Welcome ARRIGE!
Vereinigung zum verantwortlichen Umgang mit Genome Editing gegründet” and is written in German.

ARRIGE coverage from Spain

Article about the ARRIGE kick-off meeting published by the Spanish newspaper DIARIO MEDICO

The Spanish newspaper DIARIO MEDICO, specialized in the field of health and regularly read by many professional colleagues including those from Hospitals, Clinics and Biomedical research centres in Spain, covered the launching of the ARRIGE and our kick-off meeting in a recent article, written by José A. Plaza and published on April 8, 2018. The article is in Spanish and is entitled: “Toward an international governance in CRISPR“.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Lluis Montoliu workshop conclusion and next steps


Final comments, workshop conclusion and next steps by Lluis Montoliu (CNB-CSIC and CIBERER-ISCIII, Madrid, Spain) at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Magnus Magnusson final comments from UNESCO


Final comments from Magnus Magnusson (Director of Partnership and Outreach, SHSS, UNESCO) at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Lauren Roberts & Louise James on involving patients

Presentation by Lauren Roberts and Louise James (Genetic Alliance UK) on involving patients in the discussion of issues raised by genome editing technology at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Béatrice Holtz on IP & economic issues raised by GE technology

Presentation by Béatrice Holtz (LAVOIX, Paris, France) on the Intellectual properties and economic issues raised by genome editing technology at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Filipa Ferraz de Oliveira on Animal issues raised by GE technology

Presentation by Filipa Ferraz de Oliveira (European Research Council, Ethics sector, Brussels, Belgium) on the Animal issues raised by genome editing technology at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Peter Mills on Human issues raised by GE technology

Presentation by Peter Mills (Nuffield Council on Bioethics, London, UK) on Human issues raised by genome editing technology at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Hervé Chneiweiss on presentation of ARRIGE


Talk by Hervé Chneiweiss (INSERM Ethics Committee) on the Ethics of the genome editing technologies: presentation of ARRIGE, at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Mylène Botbol-Baum on anthropological and societal impact


Presentation by Mylène Botbol-Baum (INSERM Ethics Committee and Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium) on “Taking seriously the anthropological and societal impact of genome editing technologies” at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: review of ethics positions by Ewa Bartnik


Review of ethics positions, reports, documents published on gene editing by other groups and institutions, presented by Ewa Bartnik (University of Warsaw, Poland), former rapporteur UNESCO IBC. ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

Slides available from all presentations at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting

Slides from all presentations delivered by invited guest speakers at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris on 23 March 2018 are ready and available from the corresponding ARRIGE meeting web page.

Slides from all presentations delivered by invited guest speakers at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris on 23 March 2018 are ready and available for consultation from the corresponding ARRIGE meeting web page. These slides have been generously shared by the speakers. Please contact the corresponding speaker if you would like to refer, cite or use any of these materials. Tomorrow we will release the corresponding video files for all sessions and talks at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris.

Nature Methods retracts publication that claimed to have found numerous unexpected mutations after CRISPR-Cas9 experiment in vivo

Nature Methods Editorial retraction of the publication: Unexpected mutations after CRISPR-Cas9 editing in vivo. Schaefer KA, Wu WH, Colgan DF, Tsang SH, Bassuk AG, Mahajan VB. Nat Methods. 2017 May 30;14(6):547-548.

Today, the scientific journal Nature Methods, retracted a publication by Schaefer et al. that appeared on 30 May 2017 claiming to have found numerous unexpected mutations after a CRISPR-Cas9 experiment in vivo, in mice. The unexpectedly high number of off-target mutations reported in the study caught the field by surprise, where noone else appeared to have found similar data. However, this was a most relevant issue, should have been true, directly affecting the expectatives of the CRISPR-derived uses and applications. That publication negatively impacted in the nascent field of genome editing applications, particularly those related to biomedicine, to develop innovative gene therapy approaches. However, almost immediately, many groups around the world expressed doubts and critized the experimental design of the study and the interpretation of the observed results. Soon thereafter, several manuscripts and publications were released with more plausible alternative explanations (low number of cases analyzed, mice genetically unrelated, persisting Cas9 expression…). Anyone interested to review a timeline of events associated with this publication can visit the corresponding section of the CRISPR web at the CNB-CSIC, maintained by Lluis Montoliu.

Eventually, today, Nature Methods adopted an Editorial decision and retracted this publication, with the agreement of two of its authors and the disagreement of the rest, including the first and last author of the study. This was the most logical and expected decision. Simultaneously, Nature Methods has released five different responses from five independent laboratories, experts in the field of genome editing, with alternative explanations for the original study, now retracted.

The first phrase of the Editorial Retraction note explains this decision: “This paper is being retracted because the genomic variants observed by the authors in two CRISPR-treated mice cannot be conclusively attributed to CRISPR–Cas9.“. In other words, the most plausible explanation for the original findings were the underlying genetic differences between control and experimental mice, in principle derived from the same genetic background, but in reality selected from unrelated, and hence, genetically different, mouse colonies.

Basic information about ARRIGE and how to join

ARRIGE Presentation document (March 2018) – Working document

Basic information about the ARRIGE initiative can be obtained from this Presentation document (March 2014), prepared by the ARRIGE Steering Committee. This is a working document.

How to join ARRIGE?
The ARRIGE initiative was launched in Paris on 23 March 2018. However, the association does not exist yet, formally speaking. Currently, we are working hard preparing all the administrative and legal paperwork required to officially register ARRIGE as an international non-for-profit organization in France, with the great help and commitment from members of the INSERM Ethics Committee. In the meantime we have activated a communication channel, a discussion email list, where all interested individuals and organizations that would like to help and contribute to the foundation of ARRIGE, and/or to eventually become members of the association, are kindly invited to join. If you would like to join ARRIGE please send us a message to join@arrige.org and we will register your email address in the ARRIGE discussion email list.

The CRISPR web at CNB: a web repository of CRISPR information and publications

The CRISPR-Cas system from bacteria transformed into a most efficient genome editing tool.

Anyone interested in the prokaryotic origins of the CRISPR systems and their transformation into the most efficient ever known genome editing tools should consider visiting this CRISPR web page at CNB-CSIC, maintained by Lluis Montoliu. This is a most useful and regularly updated web repository of publications, information, history, protocols, procedures, talks, videos, etc… all about CRISPR and their use as genome editing tool in a variety of applications.

ARRIGE in Spanish: interview to Francisco J. M. Mojica on the origins of CRISPR


In this short video interview (in Spanish), as a brief summary of a much longer text in El País newspaper, the journalist visits Francisco J. M. Mojica (University of Alicante, Spain) who shows the saltworks of Santa Pola, near Alicante, where he first described the CRISPR arrays from an archaea, 25 years ago. Francis Mojica coined the name of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) at the end of 2001 and, two years later discovered that CRISPR were part of an adaptive immune system developed by prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) as a defense mechanism against the virus (bacteriophages) and other molecules of genetic material that infected  or visited them. Ten years later, the CRISPR bacterial immune system was transformed into an efficient genome editing tool.

USA and plant breeding innovation: USDA will not regulate some genome edited plants

Secretary Perdue Issues USDA Statement on Plant Breeding Innovation. Washington, D.C., March 28, 2018. Press Release No. 0070.18,  Contact: USDA Press, Email: press@oc.usda.gov

Yesterday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a statement in favour of Plant Breeding Innovation. In the US, the USDA will not regulate genome-edited plants (obtained, for example, through CRISPR tools), as long as they are not pest plants or developed using plant pests, and as long as the resulting genetic alleles could have been also introduced by any traditional breeding technique. In other words, if the CRISPR-derived allele matches an allele previously existing in nature the resulting genome edited plants will not be regulated by USDA. This decision is expected to favour Plant Breeders and researchers in the field of Plant Breeding innovation and is also expected to expedite the development of numerous genome edited plants resistant to drought and diseases or with increased nutritional value.

In Europe some hints towards a similar direction have been seen last January, with the publication of an Opinion by the EU lawyer of the Court of Justice of the European Union on a recent dispute ongoing in France. However, to date, the European Commission, through the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has not yet issued a final decision on the subject.

 

The ARRIGE initiative featured in Science magazine

Image from istock.com illustrating the article by Martin Enserink in Science magazine on the ARRIGE initiative

Science magazine is featuring the ARRIGE initiative in an interesting article by Martin Enserink. The journalist talked to Hervé Chneiweiss, Peter Mills and Lluís Montoliu on the past Friday ARRIGE kick-off meeting in Paris, and also contacted Sheila Jassanoff, who had presented a similar global proposal for genome editing governance in another article published in Nature last week.