Perspectives

Editorial Humility, May 6 2019

In an event that anticipated the Observatory’s founding, Eric Lander (Broad Institute), Carrie Wolinetz (NIH), and four panelists discussed the opportunities for governance provided by the current effective moratorium on heritable human genome editing. A video replay of the full “Editorial Humility” program is available here.

Science, Technology, & Human Values: Special Issue

J. Benjamin Hurlbut, Sheila Jasanoff, and Krishanu Saha, guest-edited the November 2020 issue of the journal Science, Technology, & Human Values. This collection of essays, “Constitutionalism at the nexus of life and law,” explores how revolutions in notions of biological life are eliciting correspondingly revolutionary imaginations of how life should be governed. The overarching goal …

Origins of the Global Observatory

The Observatory initiative grew out of a meeting entitled Editorial Aspirations: Human Integrity at the Frontiers of Biology held at Harvard in April, 2017. It drew together a diverse group of international leaders, including scientists who made fundamental contributions to the development of CRISPR, the former chair of the German National Ethics Council, a member …

Editorial Aspirations: Human Integrity at the Frontiers of Biology, April 2017

The meeting responded to the the call made at the December 2015 CRISPR summit in Washington, DC for broad public dialogue and an “international forum” on human genome editing.  It convened a conversation among diverse, international experts about what forms of public engagement and deliberation are needed for this purpose, and what mechanisms already exist …