GE3LS stands for
G = Genomics
E3 = Ethical, Environmental, Economic
L = Legal
S = Social Aspects
GE3LS research investigates questions at the intersection of genomics and society. It provides stakeholders the insights needed to anticipate impacts of scientific advances in genomics, avoid pitfalls, cultivate success, and ultimately, contribute to Canada’s leadership in the 21st century global bioeconomy. GE3LS researchers come from many disciplines in social sciences and the humanities, including business, law, communications, and public policy. They often help bridge gaps between genomics researchers and other stakeholders.
Genome Canada funds large-scale GE3LS research projects, which allow researchers to delve deeply into critical issues, such as how to overcome roadblocks to innovation in Canada’s agriculture sector, and how to best incorporate personalized medicine into the health-care system. We also fund GE3LS research that is integrated as components of large-scale genomic-based projects, which deliver key insights that inform projects from a broader societal perspective.