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Written evidence for the Genomics and Genome-Editing Inquiry of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

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by Edward Hockings and Lewis CoyneEthics and Genetics
January 20th, 2017

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Written evidence for the Genomics and Genome-Editing Inquiry of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee


  • UK biosciences policy has become increasingly motivated by economic considerations in recent years, at the expense, we believe, of substantive public consultation and broader deliberation
  • Freedom of Information requests show that the 100,000 Genome Project misinformed participants and the public as to the nature of access to genomic data granted to third parties
  • Genome editing raises major ethical concerns which require comparable public deliberation, prior to which all further research should be prohibited


Three years have passed since the government revealed its plans to sequence 100,000 genomes. The 100,000 Genome Project is expected to achieve that goal later this year. There is reason to be optimistic about it being of value, scientifically and clinically. There are also, however, reasons to be concerned about both the Genome Project and other areas of the developing fields of genomic medicine. In the following we outline some of those reasons.

Continue reading the full article on Ethics and Genetics, including sections on Responsible Governance of Biosciences, The 100,000 Genome Project, Genome Editing, Conclusions, Recommendations, and References...

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