UK Academy of Medical Sciences

The Academy of Medical Sciences advises separating research using animals containing human genetic, cellular, or tissue materials into tiers and creating a national advisory body.

Sir John Bell, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, blames "a cumbersome regulatory environment" in the UK for driving its medical research elsewhere in the world.

The report, entitled "Genome-wide association studies: understanding the genetics of common disease," is the result of an October 2008 forum hosted by the academy that drew representatives from academia and industry that discussed how to better design GWA studies and how to better translate their findings into clinical use.

Sometimes genetic tests give inconclusive results and provide little reassurance to patients, the Associated Press reports.

Vox wonders whether gene-editing crops will be viewed similarly as genetically modified organisms of if people will give them a try.

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With H3Africa, Charles Rotimi has been working to bolster the representation of African participants and African researchers in genomics, Newsweek reports.