VBIO joins International Statement on Digital Sequence Information


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