Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

Genomics and genome-editing inquiry

Inquiry status: open

Accepting written submissions.

Scope of the inquiry

The previous Committee reported on Advanced Genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution in February 2015. At the beginning of 2016, the Committee included GM and gene editing in its 'evidence check' process. Genomics England is working towards sequencing 100,000 whole human genomes by the end of 2017, supported by 13 Genomic Medicine Centres. In September 2016 the Nuffield Council on Bioethics published an ethical review on genome editing, looking at the potential issues across human health, food production, wildlife and the ecosystem. The Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) recently published a POSTnote on genome editing which looks at current and future uses of genome editing, how it is regulated and potential concerns.

Against that background, the Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into genomics and genome-editing.


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Latest evidence

  • 08 Mar 2017 - Genomics and genome-editing - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF276 KB) HC 854 | Published 21 Mar 2017

    Evidence given by Dr Edward Hockings, Founder, Ethics and Genetics, Professor Michael Parker, Director, Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, and Non-executive Director and Chair, Ethics Advisory Committee, Genomics England, Peter Counter, Chief Information Officer and Project Manager, Genomics England, and Alison Hall, Head of Humanities, PHG Foundation; Professor Sir Mike Stratton, Director, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and Chief Executive Officer, Wellcome Genome Campus, and Dr Jean Abraham, Academic Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, University of Cambridge

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Next meeting(s)

29 March 2017 9:30 am

Oral Evidence Session

Genomics and genome-editing
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Professor Waseem Qasim, Professor of Cell and Gene Therapy, Institute of Child Health
Alastair Kent, Director, Genetic Alliance UK
Dr Kathy Niakin, Francis Crick Institute
Dr Andy Greenfield, Programme Leader, Medical Research Council's Harwell Institute
Robin Lovell-Badge, Senior Group Leader, Francis Crick Institute
James Lawford Davies, Partner, Hempsons
Philippa Taylor, Head of Public Policy, Christian Medical Fellowship


Room 16, Palace of Westminster


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