SfAM responds to inquiry into genomics and genome-editing - News & Features

10 February 2017
SfAM responds to inquiry into genomics and genome-editing

In December 2016, the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee launched an inquiry into the impact of genomics and genome editing on a range of issues, in the climate of ongoing debate over the application and regulation of new technologies such as CRISPR/Cas.

SfAM welcomed this opportunity to highlight the crucial importance of fundamental and applied microbiology research in the context of genomics and genome engineering. Our response, prepared jointly with the Microbiology Society, covers key points raised by our members, including:

  • Microbiology has underpinned the development of many transformative technologies for genome sequencing and genome editing. Given appropriate support into building skills and infrastructure, microbiologists will continue to drive future discoveries.
  • Microbiologists are applying this extensive experience by using novel techniques to impact upon diverse areas including health and disease, agri-food, environmental science and industrial biotechnology.
  • There are regulatory, ethical, social and safety issues associated with microbial genomics that require the cooperation of academics, industries, government and the wider public.

You can download our joint response with the Microbiology Society from this page, or alternatively through the Select Committee inquiry page on the UK Parliament website.

  Genomics inquiry response