Developments: Gene editing

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has established a new Working Group, chaired by Dr Andy Greenfield, to oversee the first stage of the Council’s project exploring the ethical issues raised by novel genome editing techniques such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system.

The Working Group will consider the impact of genome editing in research, examine the kinds of ethical questions this gives rise to and review relevant international and national policies. The findings of their inquiry will be published in 2016, and will be followed by one or more focused report(s) on specific areas of application containing practical ethical guidance and policy recommendations – find out more.

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