February 10, 2017
Law enforcement authorities in Germany have warned that biohackers running DNA experiments from home-made labs could face jail time.
The crackdown follows warnings from scientists and security services that the technology – which allows users to tinker with the genetic code of bacteria and other micro-organisms – could be used to create biological weapons.
The hard-line stance could lead to more stringent controls elsewhere in Europe, or even further afield.
Germany’s consumer protection office, the BVL, issued the warning that people using DIY kits or homemade labs could attract fines of up to €50,000 (£42,600 or $53,000) or three years in prison, reports claim.
German law already prohibits genetic engineering experiments outside of licensed and supervised laboratories.
This article was posted: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 9:39 am