A World Health Organization (WHO) advisory committee on editing human DNA will ask the United Nations agency to establish a global registry of all such research, recommend that editors of scientific journals not publish any unregistered studies, and ask science funders to require that their grantees register their studies.
The federal government has a short list of regulated organisms. But the government’s ban focuses on the organisms themselves, rather than the genetic instructions for making them. Because the government has not published those sequences, the companies must decide for themselves whether a mail order request is potentially dangerous.
Alex Kelly, BioFoundry’s 26-year-old lab manager, compares biotech to the birth of the computer, once cloistered in big corporations, now at everyone’s fingertips. Upskill the people in biotech, Kelly believes, and you’ll get disruption writ large, with a potentially massive payoff for the most disadvantaged.
China is tightening rules on gene-editing, after a Chinese scientist prompted a global outcry by claiming that he had edited the genes of a pair of newborn twins. In a draft regulation released this week, China’s National Health Commission proposed a stringent approval process for biomedical research and heavy penalties for scientists who evade oversight.
From genome editing to hacking the microbiome, advances in the life sciences and its associated technological revolution have already altered the biosecurity landscape.
This study highlights the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, helps policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate this space, and illuminates broader trends in the life sciences that may impact the biosecurity landscape.
The global proliferation of biocontainment laboratories raises questions about how to ensure their safe and secure operations while enhancing their contributions to science and global health.
After researchers resurrected a long-dead pox, some critics argue that it's too easy for scientists to make decisions of global consequence.
This report assesses the status of the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Biosafety and Biosecurity Program and provides recommendations for improvement.