Perspectives

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.

“Building Capacity for a Global Genome Editing Observatory: Conceptual Challenges”, Trends in Biotech

A new infrastructure is urgently needed at the global level to facilitate exchange on key issues concerning genome editing. We advocate the establishment of a global observatory to serve as a center for international, interdisciplinary, and cosmopolitan reflection. This article is the first of a two-part series. Hurlbut JB, Jasanoff S, Saha K, Ahmed A, …