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Project Title: Gene Drive Research in Non-Human Organisms: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct

PIN: DELS-BLS-15-06         

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit:
Board on Life Sciences

Sawyer, Keegan

Subject/Focus Area:
Biology and Life Sciences; Environment and Environmental Studies; Policy for Science and Technology

Gene Drive Research in Non-Human Organisms: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct
July 30, 2015 - July 31, 2015
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Angela Kolesnikova
Phone: 202-334-3161


Thursday, July 30, 12:30PM – 4:45PM

The Keck Center of the National Academies, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC

12:30 Welcome & Study Overview
Elizabeth Heitman, Committee Co-chair, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
James Collins, Committee Co-chair, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment, Arizona State University

Committee Introductions

12:40 Sponsor Perspectives on the Context and Expectations for the Gene Drives Study

Carrie Wolinetz, National Institutes of Health
Stephanie James, Foundation for NIH
Fil Randazzo, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Col Daniel Wattendorf, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Committee Discussion with Presenters

1:40 Broad Considerations for Science and Potential Societal Applications of Gene Drives Research

Kevin Esvelt, Harvard University (1:40)
Topic: Gene Editing & Gene Drives
Lida Anestidou, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (1:55)
Topic: Responsible Conduct of Science
Todd Kuiken, Woodrow Wilson Center (2:10)
Topic: Ecological Risks and Benefits
Kenneth Oye, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2:25)
Topic: Governance of Science and Technology
James Lavery, University of Toronto (2:40; via webconference)
Topic: Community Engagement

Committee Discussion with Presenters (2:55)

3:45 Break

4:00 Public Comment

4:45 Public Meeting Adjourns

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Closed Session Summary Posted After the Meeting

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the meeting:
James P. Collins
Elizabeth Heitman
Nicole L. Achee
Vicki Chandler
Jason Delborne
Stephen Higgs
Gregory E. Kaebnick
Ann Kingiri
Wayne Landis
Lynn Riddiford
Joyce Tait
Lisa A. Taneyhill
David E. Winickoff.

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:
Welcome and introductions; overview of the NAS and Gene Drives study; committee balance and composition discussion; communications planning; committee Discussion about statement of task and preparation for the open session; committee reflections on open session; initial report outline discussion and planning in breakout groups; early considerations for report communications/dissemination; next steps

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:
committee roster and biographies; speaker biographies; statement of task and project narrative; study timeline; public comments, list of references for study readings; four articles on the research topic; previous NAS reports on similar research topics; statements of task for related projects; draft report outline and meeting logistics.

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary: August 7, 2015