Who’s advising the government on human genetics?

Since May 2014 when the ESBAC (the Human Genetics Commission’s replacement) disbanded, there has been no independent body advising or holding the government to account.


I believe this is a mistake. I think that the government needs ethical advice about new developments in genetics. The implications are too far reaching for us as individuals and for society as a whole. We need an independent forum that includes those who work in the field and those who don’t, to help ensure we balance the risks and rewards. This is how sound decisions will be made in shaping our future.


My commentary in BioNews explored this subject further. Read the full article here. Bionews is published by the Progress Educational Trust and provides news, comment and reviews on genetics, assisted conception, embryo/stem cell research and related areas.