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Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology

This study examined the future products of biotechnology, identfied the kinds of products that may be produced in the next 10 years, and provided advice on the scientific capabilities, tools, and expertise that may be necessary to regulate these forthcoming products.


Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance

Genome editing is a powerful new tool for making precise alterations to an organism's genetic material. Recent scientific advances have made genome editing more efficient, precise, and flexible than ever before. These advances have spurred an explosion of interest from around the globe in the possible ways in which genome editing can improve human health. The speed at which these technologies are being developed and applied has led many policymakers and stakeholders to express concern about whether appropriate systems are in place to govern these technologies and how and when the public should be engaged in these decisions. 

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Biodefense Vulnerabilities Posed by Synthetic Biology

An ad hoc committee is investigating the changing nature of the biodefense threat in the age of synthetic biology, specifically focusing on the manipulation of biological functions, systems, or microorganisms resulting in the production of disease-causing agents or viruses. Meetings for this study are ongoing.



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