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UMD Faculty Member Serves on International Gene Drive Study Panel

UMD Faculty Member Serves on International Gene Drive Study Panel

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill, Associate Professor, Department of Animal and Avian SciencesImage Credit: Edwin Remsberg
Dr. Lisa Taneyhill, Associate Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences
Image Credit: Edwin Remsberg

Taneyhill joins a panel of 15 leading scientists from around the world charged with assessing the potential benefits and risks associated with the recent development of genetic editing tools, such as the CRISPR system, that make it easier for researchers to alter an organism’s DNA in a lab.

“I am truly honored to have been selected by the National Academy,” states Dr. Taneyhill, “and I look forward to working with my colleagues on this important committee assignment.”

Taneyhill and other committee members will take a look at current regulations and discuss the need for further oversight tied to this technology. Specifically, the panel will consider the potential ramifications of releasing genetically modified non-human organisms into the wild in the United States and in developing countries.

A developmental biologist, Taneyhill uses the chicken embryo as a model for exploring the molecular basis of neural crest cell development in the formation of the vertebrate embryo. Her laboratory employs advanced molecular, cellular and biochemical techniques to understand how neural crest cells form, migrate, differentiate, and associate with other cell types to generate a variety of different tissues, including the peripheral nervous system, craniofacial skeleton, and portions of the heart.

A report on the committee’s gene drive study is expected to be delivered by the end of April 2016, with its publication and dissemination to occur sometime between May and July 2016.

- See more at: https://agnr.umd.edu/news/umd-faculty-member-serves-international-gene-drive-study-panel#sthash.ClPWVQWJ.dpuf

Story by: Sarah Gavin

 

 

February 19, 2016


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