Bioethics Seminar | Beyond safety: Ethical issues in gene editing
We now have the ability to edit human genes. In fact, just last month, scientists announced that they had edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation. Significant questions remain, however, about just how safe and effective new gene editing tools are. In addition, a number of moral concerns beyond safety have been raised in response to gene editing, including that humans risk playing God or inappropriately altering nature.
In this talk, I will describe some of these “non-safety” concerns and ask what, if any, place those have in public deliberation and science policy.
Speaker: Josephine Johnston