"red-hot" issue that many prominent researchers say could lead ultimately to alteration of the human race.
“The far end of techno-enthusiastic perspectives, both on human germline modification specifically and on biotech in general, was represented by Harvard experimental psychologist and popular science writer Steven Pinker. In his opening remarks, Pinker counseled bioethicists to ‘stay out of the way of progress.’ In his closing comments, he cast ‘vague fears’ as standing in the way of saving millions of lives. In between, he epitomized the ‘bad boy scientism’ that too frequently characterizes the biotech field.”
“Given CIRM’s support for research activities where genome editing may be employed, we believe it is important to have effective policies to guide our future funding decisions. Therefore, we have charged the CIRM Medical and Ethical Standards Working Group with convening a public workshop to elucidate the scientific and policy considerations surrounding genome editing in the context of CIRM supported research. This workshop is a first step in evaluating whether CIRM should make changes to its existing policies governing stem cell research.”
“There are companies that are offering to do this for your cell line, so it's really out there.”
“I think Jeff has raised a really important, complex and breaking topic. I think the idea of having a symposium to deal with both the science, and the ethics policy could be a really important thing to do.”Suggestions regarding the meeting can be sent to Lomax at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sphere: Related Content