JKUAT don joins WHO on developing global standards for human genome editing
SEE ALSO :Congo Ebola spreading faster: WHOThe recent application of tools such as CRISPR-Cas9 to edit the human genome have highlighted the need for the development of standards in this area. The Committee’s first meeting scheduled on March 18-19 in Geneva will see the expert review the current landscape of human genome editing and discuss and agree on the work plan for the coming 12 to 18 months. They will review the current literature on the state of the research and its applications, and societal attitudes towards the different uses of the human genome editing technology. WHO will then receive advice from the panel on appropriate oversight and governance mechanisms, both at the national and global level. Prof Muigai, the only Kenyan in the advisory committee, is a molecular population geneticist with over 15 years of experience in research, academic and administrative management. In 2016, jointly with her collaborators from Cambridge University, she published in the prestigious journal – Nature.
SEE ALSO :Moderate drinking 'raises stroke risk'The paper documented the discovery of fossilised bones of a group of prehistoric hunter-gathers, probably members of an extended family who were violently killed approximately 10,000 years ago in Nataruk, 30 km west of Lake Turkana, Kenya. Prof Muigai has served as the Chief Judge for Young Scientists Kenya, a Commissioner in the Commission for University Education, and a Director with the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services. While congratulating Prof Muigai, Vice Chancellor, Prof Victoria Wambui Ngumi said she has no doubt that Prof Muigai’s vast experience and expertise in the field of genetics will be invaluable to the advisory committee.
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