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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Policy

Nucleic acids are positioned in a central place with regards to biology and medicine that their study inevitably raising issues of policy and public interest.

Taking a lead in eduation & policy

In many cases it is important that the research community takes a lead in education and policy, ensuring as accurate a view as is possible enters into a public debate. Topical examples where this is taking place are synthetic biology and personal genotyping. It is accepted that the community has a responsibility to address this with care in order to engage the public rather than create concern.

As part of the FioNA project we have considered where Southampton might usefully contribute to these debates. Two areas of expertise spring to mind - the use of nucleic acids in sensors and point of care devices, and the developmental origins of health and disease. This latter example is wide ranging and fits well within the interdisciplinary community that lies at the heart of many Southampton initiatives. Our plan is to develop this area into a forum for wide ranging discussion via a workshop early in 2015.

Areas that may be covered include:

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