Should We Edit the Genome? When, Why, and How Much?

Should We Edit the Genome? When, Why, and How Much?

This longer forum-style program encourages in-depth discussion about the potential ways CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats), a new technology for genetic engineering, could be used across a variety of applications. During the forum, participants learn about genetic engineering and the related ethical and societal dimensions, along with several ways scientists are considering using it. In groups, they choose one application to consider in depth and make a plan about whether and how to bring this technology to the world.


Learning Goals

  • All new technologies present inherent risks, opportunities, and benefits for different people.
  • Changing the genes of an organism has been possible for a long time, but new methods and technologies raise new societal and ethical questions.
  • Everyone has valuable perspectives and views to add to the conversation.

Last updated: April 21, 2016