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The Future of Human Genetic Engineering

  • 2318 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

The National Labs Caucus and Congressional Research & Development Caucus would like to invite Members of Congress and congressional staff to attend a presentation by Jamie Metzl on the imminent revolution in human genetic engineering.

Fast moving genetics technologies are rapidly transforming our healthcare, the way we make babies, and the biological makeup of our future children, but America is dangerously unprepared for this unfolding revolution. Leading futurist and geopolitical expert Jamie Metzl, author of the groundbreaking new book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity, will discuss what is happening, what's at stake, the risks and opportunities before us, and what the US government and society must urgently do to optimize the benefits and minimize any potential harms.

Jamie Metzl is a leading futurist, geopolitical expert, science fiction novelist, and media commentator and a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council.  He was recently appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing.  Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and advises companies around the world.  A regular commentator on CNN and other media, his syndicated columns and other writing are featured in publications around the world.

The National Labs Caucus is the premier congressional body advocating for federal investment in research at America‚Äôs 17 national laboratories.  The envy of the world, these institutions lead the cutting edge of science and technology research, providing capabilities available nowhere else, and advancing every field from biological science to national security.  The Congressional Research & Development Caucus highlights the national importance of research and raises the awareness of Members and staff on the economic, societal, and security benefits derived from federal R&D investment.  It supports the work of existing Committees and Members with jurisdiction over all federal departments and agencies supporting R&D development efforts.

We hope Members and staff are able to attend what promises to be a fascinating presentation about this critical issue.  Please contact Matthew Golub in the Office of Rep. Fleischmann (R-TN-3) at matthew.golub@mail.house.gov to RSVP.