The Frontier Development Program for Genome Editing


On October 23, 2019, we held the second seminar of the Hiroshima University Tamachi Lab’s new series "Developing a Future Society with ‘Genome Editing’" at the Campus Innovation Center in Minato City, Tokyo.

At the second seminar, Professor Hiroyuki Horiuchi of the Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life spoke on the theme "Thinking about Genome-Edited Foods." The government has introduced its regulatory policy with regard to food products using "genome editing" technology. In October, a system requiring developers to report to the government was launched, drawing attention from general consumers. In the seminar, Professor Horiuchi gave easy-to-understand explanations of how genes change, what genome-editing technology is like, what the differences are between this technology and conventional breed improvement techniques, what types of regulatory policies ministries and agencies have on genome editing, and why people are sometimes hesitant to accept genome-edited foods. At the meeting held after the lecture, there was an active exchange of information, with Professor Horiuchi taking center stage.

In the Tamachi Lab’s seminar series “Developing a Future Society with ‘Genome Editing’,” faculty members in charge of the Frontier Development Program for Genome Editing, which has been selected as a Doctoral Program for World-leading Innovative & Smart Education, speak about efforts related to genome-editing technology, which is one of Hiroshima University's strengths, and give easy-to-understand explanations on the “now” and “future”of the technology. Of a total of four seminars open to the public, the third round will be held on Thursday, December 5 starting from 18:00. The event will feature a lecture by Associate Professor Makoto Fujie of the Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Life with the title "Fundamentals of Genome-Editing Technology Supporting the Progress of Plant Science and Its Development."

The event will be held near JR Tamachi Station, so please feel free to drop by.

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