Perspectives

Democratic Imaginations at the Frontiers of Science and Technology, 16 April 2021

“Democratic Imaginations at the Frontiers of Science and Technology,” with panelists Andrew Jewett, Marcy Darnovsky, Andrew Feenberg, and Jenny Reardon, and moderators Sheila Jasanoff and J. Benjamin Hurlbut, was held on April 16, 2021. Panelist biographies Andrew Jewett has taught at several leading universities, including a decade at Harvard and three years at Boston College …

Genome Editing and Human Dignity: Comparative Perspectives, September 10-11 2020

With generous support from the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, this series of meetings launched the work of the Global Observatory for Genome Editing. The purpose: to seek input and advice from an international group of distinguished scholars, scientists, legal experts, policy practitioners, and civil society representatives who will inform the initial agenda for the …

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Is the Nobel Prize a Dream-Machine? Governing CRISPR/Cas9

In remarks published shortly after the announcement that the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry would be awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for developing the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique, Global Observatory director Sheila Jasanoff offered comments on the significance of this accolade. Less well recognized is the role of the Nobel Prize as a dream-machine: …

“A Global Observatory for Genome Editing”, Nature

Jasanoff S, Hurlbut JB. A global observatory for gene editing. Nature. (2018) Mar 22;555(7697):435-437. doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-03270-w. PMID: 29565415.