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UHLC Prof Evans to speak at international genetics summit 

Barbara Evans

Dec. 1, 2015 – University of Houston Law Center Professor Barbara J. Evans will speak Wednesday at the three-day International Summit on Human Gene Editing that is now under way in Washington, D.C.

Evans, George Butler Research Professor and director of the Center on Biotechnology & Law at the Law Center, will speak during a session titled: Governance at the Institutional and National Level.

“Gene editing refers to methods for altering the genes of plants and animals, including human beings,” Evans explained. “Rapid recent advances have moved gene editing from the realm of science fiction into a fast-approaching fact.  There is obvious potential for good — for example, to correct a disease-causing mutation that runs in a family — but also serious consumer safety, ethical, and legal concerns.”

The summit was convened by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and The Royal Society to discuss appropriate limits and regulatory mechanisms to govern gene editing.

Evans, who was an electrical engineer and scientist before studying law, is a leading thinker on regulation of medical biotechnologies and “big data” health information systems.

Her session is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Central/1:30 p.m. Eastern, Wednesday, and may be viewed here.  

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