Perspectives

Statement on He Jiankui Participation at May 14 Global Observatory Meeting, In Search of Limits

On May 14, 2022 (the second day of our convening In Search of Limits), the Global Observatory for Genome Editing conducted a small, closed-door meeting of a select group of invitees to discuss the aftermath of the 2018 experiment with human germline genome editing in China. During a portion of that meeting, we hosted Dr. …

In Search of Limits in the Age of Genome Editing, May 13, 2022

Watch the event recordings here. In the past five years, we have seen the emergence of a global patchwork of laws, policies, recommendations, proposals, conventions, and declarations that define and delimit the field of permissible genome editing research. This workshop aims to explore the concepts of limits that are reflected in these developments: limits to …

A Question of Life, December 10, 2021

The Global Observatory aims to expand the conversations around concepts and norms concerning human life and dignity. Where human life begins and how lives become worthy of state protection are in flux around the world. Abortion struggles in Latin America have created conceptual and political resources that allow us to delve more deeply into these …

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 …