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Why Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy?
Rapidly emerging technologies are transforming the biomedical sciences. Recent advances have provided new insights into disease pathways and produced modeling and molecular tools that accelerate research and blur the lines between scientific disciplines. Targeted editing of human, animal, and plant genomes can eliminate genetic disorders and introduce new traits which may be inherited by future generations. These advances hold tremendous promise for global health security and feeding our growing human population, but also raise concerns about consequences — both intended and unintended — that may affect society for decades to come. As decision makers seek legal, regulatory, and policy solutions to these complex challenges, the need to understand scientific evidence and its role in policy-making has never been greater.