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Increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance mean that conditions such as tuberculosis, HIV and malaria are again becoming increasingly difficult to treat. Antimicrobial-resistant infections cause over 700,000 deaths worldwide annually, and this number is set to grow. There is a need to address the overuse of antimicrobials in medicine and agriculture, and for research to develop new antimicrobials and alternative antimicrobial therapies.
The Microbiology Society and Society for Applied Microbiology jointly submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Genomics and Genome-editing Inquiry. Our evidence, which complemented the Royal Society of Biology’s broader life science response, highlighted impacts of fundamental and applied microbial genomics and genome engineering across for health, agri-food and industrial biotechnology.