From resurrecting dinosaurs to enabling designer babies, CRISPR is largely associated with its controversial applications in gene editing. While CRISPR has the potential to cure cancer or end world hunger, the extent to which CRISPR is used for good and what ‘good’ actually means is still up for debate in the scientific community.
The closer CRISPR-based companies get to commercialization, the more important it will be to open up the conversation to the general public so that people are informed to make the best decisions for their own health and the health of the world.
In this discussion, we plan to review where we are now with CRISPR today, explore the prospects of the technology, and define the ethics around its applications in hopes to shape future policy in this landscape.
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