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Permanent Senate Commission on Genetic Research

Among the many problems to be addressed, the Commission prioritises those areas in which there is a need for action on research policy, where there are deficits in the discussion, and where developments are emerging in genetic research that raise scientific, ethical, legal and social questions.

The Commission was formed in 1994 because genetic research requires careful and forward-looking monitoring in order to engage in public discourse in a timely manner. Active public relations is therefore one of the Commission’s main tasks.

Position Paper on Synthetic Biology

With this position paper, the Senate Commission aims to contribute to a substantive discussion of the opportunities and risks of synthetic biology and to fulfil its mission of providing science-based advice to policymakers and the interested public.