Unsettled Ethical Issues in Gene Drive Research

This virtual panel discussion series will explore and juxtapose various ethics perspectives and their relation to the emerging gene editing technologies collectively known as gene drive.

Overview

Humans have been altering their environment deliberately to address a wide range of needs and unintentionally through various activities for millennia, and likely will continue to do so. However, changes that are acceptable to some may appear unacceptable to others for very different reasons. What are the ethical concerns at play in these disagreements? This monthly panel discussion series will explore and juxtapose various ethics perspectives and their relation to the emerging gene editing technologies collectively known as gene drive, and the series will culminate in a discussion about exceptionalism.

Sessions

July 13, 2021
Is there a moral difference between the natural and synthetic?
Moderator: Fredros Okumu, Ph.D., Ifakara Health Institute

August 10, 2021
Do justice and equity concerns bolster or hinder the case for the use of gene drive applications?
Moderator: Sam Weiss Evans, D.Phil., Harvard University

September 14, 2021
Who owes what to whom: What is the nature and scope of responsibilities of the various actors in gene drive research?
Moderator: Jim Lavery, Ph.D., Emory University

October 12, 2021
From principles to principled action: What ethical principles ought to govern gene drive research?
Moderator: Katherine Littler, World Health Organization

November 9, 2021
Does gene drive technology raise exceptional ethical issues?
Moderator: Claudia Emerson, Ph.D., McMaster University

All sessions meet for two hours beginning at 10:00 am, US Eastern time.

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Partner

  • McMaster University Institute on Ethics and Policy for Innovation