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A group of leading UK research organisations has today issued an initial joint statement in support of the continued use of CRISPR-Cas9 and other genome-editing techniques in preclinical research. This includes the use of the technology for research purposes in human reproductive cells and early embryos, where this is fully justified, scientifically and ethically, and within the confines of the law.

The future of global agriculture, the ability of plants to adapt to a changing climate, and issues of antibiotic resistance are just some of the areas being discussed by participants in an online community designed to input into a strategy for publically-funded science. The John Innes Centre, one of the UK’s leading research institutes in plant science and microbiology, is seeking public views as it considers a new five-year research cycle.

BBSRC’s vision for veterinary vaccinology has been published today. The report details BBSRC’s future investment priorities for veterinary vaccinology research in the UK.