What to Make of Our Newfound Powers to “Edit” Plants and Animals?

What to Make of Our Newfound Powers to “Edit” Plants and Animals?

Amy_Harmon
Gregory_Kaebnick
Kai_Kupferschmidt
26 October 2017
10:30 am – 11:45 am
  • Marriott Marquis

What to Make of Our Newfound Powers to “Edit” Plants and Animals?

Moderator: Mildred Solomon
Organizer: Mildred Solomon

Scientists are aiming to use genetic technologies to alter parts of the natural world for a range of purposes, including controlling Zika and conserving native ecosystems. Because these efforts elicit strong reactions, akin to the polarized debate over GMOs, they are difficult to discuss and write about. Hastings Center scholar Gregory Kaebnick will talk about the values questions raised by genetically editing the genomes of plants and animals. Gary Marchant, a professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, will address global governance challenges, particularly with regard to DIY tinkerers, who can buy gene editing kits online, and the barriers to achieving oversight across national boundaries. Journalists who cover genetic technologies will discuss the minefields they encounter in their reporting, including allegations of falling into one or another “camp.”

This session is part of the Hastings Center Preconference Symposium on New Genetic Technologies: Ethical Debates and Global Science Policy.