Genomics briefing in Washington

Neil Lamb, PhD, vice president for Educational Outreach at HudsonAlpha, provided an overview of the current state of genomic science for legislative aides in Washington, DC, September 28, 2018, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Lamb, along with Eric Green, MD, PhD, Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute; and Kiran Musunuru, MD, PhD, MPH, scientific program chair for the American Society of Human Genetics; discussed current research, clinical advancements, and educational efforts in genomics. The panel also answered questions on current topics including privacy, bioethics, and insurance reimbursement.

“Genomics is a rapidly-evolving field, with advancements being made almost daily regarding individual genes and the relationships within the genome that contribute to human health and disease,” said Lamb. “Our goal is to serve as a resource to our nation’s lawmakers by the providing scientific information they are seeking as they serve in office.”

Lamb and the Educational Outreach team also published a Congressional Guidebook, which outlines current topics in genomics and genetics and how these topics relate to federal legislation. Copies were handed out to attendees.