Lords discover genome
London – Therapies based on genetic information are on the docket in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British parliament after its members started an inquiry into the state of this growing sector. The House of Lords recently placed a public call for experts to give testimony about the progress and the potential impact genomic medicine will have on clinical medicine. The British parliament’s Science and Technology Committee has now founded a sub-committee to ask a number of big-picture questions of the genomic community about the current state of the field of genomic medicine. Members are seeking to answer questions such as who is in charge of genomic medical policy, who reviews such policies, who provides scientific advice on policies, and who monitors and anticipates developments in the field.