Nuffield Council on Bioethics publishes Genome Editing: an ethical review

By Amy Tayler

Genome editing techniques such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system are transforming many areas of biological research.

This review was carried out by an interdisciplinary Working Group that included expertise in science, law, philosophy, ethics, sociology and industry. In coming to its conclusions, the Working Group invited contributions from a wide range of people, including through an open call for evidence that ran from November 2015 until February 2016.

The findings of this review have now been published

The next stages of this programme of work will focus on examining and addressing the ethical and practical questions arising in two contexts where genome editing may have a significant impact: firstly, the avoidance of genetic disease and, secondly, livestock farming. Reports on each of these two areas, with recommendations for policy and practice, will be published in 2017.

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