Kickstarter bans project creators from giving away genetically-modified organisms


Kickstarter is clamping down on genetically-modified organisms following the success of a project to genetically engineer glowing plants for use as additional lighting in people’s homes. Earlier this week and without explanation, the crowdfunding website quietly altered its guidelines for project creators, introducing a new term that bans creators from giving away genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) as rewards to their online backers. “Projects cannot offer genetically modified organisms as a reward,” the new language states. The prohibition is effect July 31st, meaning that the popular glow-in-the-dark plant project is safe, but that any future projects like it can’t offer GMOs to their backers.

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