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VBIO joins International Statement on Digital Sequence Information

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The German Life Sciences Association (VBIO e. V.) has joined with more than 50 other scientific organizations from around the world to endorse a statement expressing concerns about the application of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) obligations to Digital Sequence Information (DSI) of genetic resources.

The signatory organizations share a concern about the potentially harmful effect of inappropriate or overly burdensome regulation of genetic resources. The statement cautions that: "Such obligations would place additional hurdles on biological research - with potentially negative consequences for the advancement of science and the huge societal value this generates, as well as for achieving the three objectives of the [Convention on Biological Diversity]."

Amongst the signatories are e. g. Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN), American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), Gesellschaft für Pflanzenzüchtung (GPZ), Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschgung (IPK)

Read the full statement here https://www.aibs.org/position-statements/resources/Joint_stakeholder_statement_on_DSI.pdf