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Amidst the pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology-Biosafety Committee (DOST-BC) adapted the digital platform as a new way in setting meetings and conduct information- sharing among its members through the conduct of a monthly lecture-seminar.

The DOST-BC Committee held its first lecture-seminar series last 18th of July 2020 via Zoom. The DOST-BC Secretariat invited Dr. Nina Gloriani, former Dean of the University of the Philippines Manila-College of Public Health, to give a talk on “Genome Editing: Its Health Application”

Dr. Gloriani discussed the increasing applications of CRISPR and other gene editing techniques for medical/ health purposes, especially as medical interventions for rare, complex, and challenging diseases such as in cancer therapy and in somatic cells applications. She also mentioned other newer gene editing systems, which may be better than CRISPR such as Mini-Cas9 from Staphylococcus aureus and Natronobacterium gregoryi Argonaute (NgAgo). She also highlighted the considerations on safety, quality, and efficacy of these technologies and the need to resolve regulatory issues on its applications. The Committee was also informed that there are current discussions in the Department of Health (DOH) regarding regulations on cell therapy and the use of these new technologies for treatment.