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Health Agencies Update
July 28, 2015

National Academies to Establish Human Gene Editing Guidelines

JAMA. 2015;314(4):330. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.8413

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced May 18 that the organizations are jointly launching an initiative to develop decision-making guidelines for human gene editing (http://bit.ly/1FXgR9g).

A 14-member advisory committee announced June 15th will guide the overall work of the initiative, which is intended to formulate guidelines for human gene editing research. Advisory committee members comprise professors and researchers with expertise in fields including biology, molecular and genetic medicine, bioethics, neuroscience, cancer research, and cellular and molecular pharmacology (http://bit.ly/1BdXOee). One of the committee members, Jennifer Doudna, PhD, has been recognized for her work on developing the CRISPR-Cas9 system for genome editing (http://bit.ly/1f1GwY5).

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