The Global Observatory will bring together a curated collection of work centrally related to genome editing and other technologies bearing on the human future. These include scholarship, reports, significant media events, legal cases and expressions of creative thought that probe the meaning of humanness in light of advances in science and technology.

This collection serves the Observatory’s purpose of making accessible the diverse range of responses emerging around the world to developments in science and technology that have tended to be cloistered within a handful of countries and research communities.

This section is currently under development, with curated content and an interactive database to come. The following entries are examples only.

Key reports

National Academies (USA)/Royal Society, Heritable Human Genome Editing (2020)

Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics, Guide to Public Debate on Human Rights and Biomedicine (2019)

Deutscher Ethikrat (German Ethics Council), Intervening in the Human Germline (2019)

Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics, Statement on Genome Editing Technologies (2015)

Policy interventions

Comité Consultatif National d’Éthique, Deutscher Ethikrat, and Nuffield Council on Bioethics, “Joint Statement on the Ethics of Heritable Human Genome Editing” (2020)


John H. Evans, The Human Gene Editing Debate (2020)

Public events


Sufian and Garland-Thomson, “The Dark Side of CRISPR” (2021)

Editorial Board, New York Times, “Opinion: Should Scientists Toy with the Secret to Life?” (2019)

Legal texts


Television program: Human Nature (2020)

Limited series: “Unnatural Selection” (2019)

Creative arts

Kazuo Ishiguro, Klara and the Sun (2021)