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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on genetics. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. For material on genetically modified organisms, see agriculture.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
13.07.2016Sources of Statistics: Health
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.
18.01.2016Animal Experiment Statistics
In 2014 3.8 million procedures were completed on regulated living animals representing a decrease of 6% compared to 2013. This note summarises and analyses trends in data, including the growth of universities as the dominant seat of research on animals, the decline of research for toxicological purposes, and the growth in animal procedures for cancer research.
29.01.2015Mitochondrial Donation
This note seeks to provide a summary of the role of mitochondria, mitochondrial disease and the proposed new techniques. It will also outline the investigations into these techniques that took place prior to the Government announcement; a HFEA scientific review of the safety and efficacy of methods, an ethical review of the techniques for mitochondrial replacement undertaken by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and an HFEA public consultation. The main safety and ethical considerations associated with the introduction of these techniques into clinical practice will be discussed.
11.11.2008Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill - What Happened?
This Note describes the passage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2008 through Parliament.
09.07.2008Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL]: Committee Stage Report
02.05.2008Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL]
27.11.2001Human Reproductive Cloning Bill (HL) (Bill 57 of 2001-02)
Human Reproductive Cloning Bill (HL) (Bill 57 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/104
12.12.2000Stem cell research and regulations under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990
Stem cell research and regulations under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/93. (Revised edition 13.12.2000)

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
14.11.2007Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (HL Bill 6, 2007-08) LLN 2007/007
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2007/007

POSTnotes

DateDescription
04.11.2014GM Insects and Disease Control
Insects play a critical role in ecosystems, but can also cause economic and social harm by transmitting diseases to humans and livestock, and damaging crops. Genetically modified (GM) insects could be used alongside other approaches to mitigate harms. This POSTnote summarises possible benefits, risks and uncertainties associated with their deployment.
30.10.2014GM Crops and Regulation
This note summarises the evidence on environmental and health impacts of GM crops, describes recent technological developments and examines their likely consequences for proposed reforms of GM regulation
14.10.2014Preventing Mitochondrial Disease
This note describes new treatments designed to prevent mothers with mitochondrial disease passing their condition on to their children and looks at the issues raised by their potential use in IVF.
30.07.2014Biobanks
A POSTnote that explores the role of biobanks in health research.
26.03.2014Surveillance of infectious disease
This briefing describes current surveillance efforts and examines new technological developments and their likely impacts on UK and international public health.
18.12.2013Epigenetics and Health
This POSTnote examines how recent advances in epigenetics can be used to develop new treatments, inform public health policy, and contribute to the UK economy.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
14.12.2009Genomic medicine.
Government response. Department of Health report [Commons and Lords]
03.06.2009Genomic medicine.
Science and Technology Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
20.07.2009DESTRUCTION OF STORED HUMAN EMBRYOS
That this House notes that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Statutory Storage Period for Embryos and Gametes) Regulations 2009 (S.I., 2009, No. 1582), dated 25 July 2009, a copy ...
16.12.2008EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS JUDGMENT AND THE NATIONAL DNA DATABASE
That this House welcomes the verdict of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of S vs Marper; believes that the DNA of innocent people should not be retained in the National ...
15.12.2008TRANSPLANTING ORGANS GROWN FROM ADULT STEM CELLS
That this House welcomes the first transplant of an organ grown in a laboratory from adult stem cells; notes that by using stem cells obtained from the organ recipient both the risk ...
03.07.2008FREE VOTES ON THE HUMAN FERTILISATION AND EMBRYOLOGY BILL
That this House notes that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill permits the creation of human-animal hybrids, so-called saviour siblings (children who could be created specifically ...
02.07.2008DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
That this House notes that Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a severe and progressive muscle wasting disease; recognises that DMD is caused by variations in the dystrophin gene on ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses