Building Capacity for a Global Genome Editing Observatory: Institutional Design image

Trends in Biotechnology, June, 2018
Krishanu Saha, J. Benjamin Hurlbut,Sheila Jasanoff,Aziza Ahmed, Anthony Appiah, Elizabeth Bartholet [...] I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)[...]


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Complete author list: Krishanu Saha, J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Sheila Jasanoff, Aziza Ahmed, Anthony Appiah, Elizabeth Bartholet,  Françoise Baylis, Gaymon Bennett, George Church, I. Glenn Cohen, George Daley, Kevin Finneran, William Hurlbut, Rudolf Jaenisch, Laurence Lwoff, John Paul Kimes, Peter Mills, Jacob Moses, Buhm Soon Park, Erik Parens, Rachel Salzman, Abha Saxena, Hilton Simmet, Tania Simoncelli, O.Carter Snead, Kaushik Sunder Rajan, Robert D. Truog, Patricia Williams, Christiane Woopen

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Genome editing and other technologies capable of altering human heredity raise profound questions for ethical deliberation. Calling for a broad societal consensus is not enough: steps must be taken to invite, support, and facilitate cosmopolitan dialogue [1] to ground expert advice and inform policymaking.

We advocate the development of an infrastructure whose purpose is not to supply policy advice but to make deliberation more robust and inclusive [2]. Its central function would be to expand the range of questions that need to be addressed by making visible the diversity of moral perspectives represented within the global human community. A new protocol will be necessary to bring into view perspectives that have been overlooked or dismissed by expert bodies in scientifically leading nation states and professional societies.

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