Nearly $1 Million To Study Ethics of Gene Editing

The Hastings Center, an independent, interdisciplinary bioethics research institute in upstate New York, was recently awarded nearly $1 million from the John Templeton Foundation for a three-year project to study the ethical and social implications of gene editing methods (like Crispr-Cas9) on germline cells (changes to which would be passed down to future generations). Included within the scope of the project is the taking up of “a variety of fundamental questions about how use of gene editing in humans might affect ‘human flourishing’ and core human values such as love, compassion, acceptance, and respect for those with disability,” according to a press release. Another article about the project appears at GenomeWeb.

Those working on the project include Erik Parens, Josephine Johnston, Gregory Kaebnick, and Mildred Solomon of the Hastings Center, and roughly two dozen other scholars from around the world.

(image: Lernert & Sander)

(image: Lernert & Sander)

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