Science and Technology Committee
Genetically Modified Insects

1st Report of Session 2015-16 - published 17 December 2015 - HL Paper 68



Chapter 1: Introduction

Our inquiry

Chapter 2: The science behind GM insects

Population suppression

Population replacement

Gene drive and gene editing

Figure 1: A simplified depiction of natural inheritance versus inheritance with a gene drive construct

Resistance and resistance management

Chapter 3: Potential applications of GM insect technologies and prospects for commercialisation

Potential public health applications

Box 1: Diseases to which GM insect technology could be applied

Potential agricultural applications

Box 2: Some current, global threats to livestock (including aquaculture) and horses

Speculative applications

GM insect research in the UK: funding and commercialisation

Box 3: Prospects for commercial GM insect deployment

Chapter 4: Regulation of GM insect technologies

The current regulatory regime

Box 4: Oxitec GM olive fly (OX3097D) application

Figure 2: The EU regulatory process for GMOs

International regimes

Alternative regulatory protocols

A trait-based approach

Monitoring and surveillance of persisting GMOs

Consideration of benefits and evaluation alongside alternatives

Chapter 5: Concerns, perceptions and public engagement

Anxieties, awareness and attitudes

Public engagement: what, when and with whom

Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and Declarations of Interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: Seminar held at the House of Lords on 15 September 2015

Appendix 5: Abbreviations, Acronyms and Technical Terms

Evidence is published online at and available for inspection at the Parliamentary Archives (020 7129 3074).

Q in footnotes refers to a question in oral evidence.

© Parliamentary copyright 2015