Human Genome Editing: Who Gets to Decide?
Scientific breakthroughs surrounding human gene editing have moved medical treatments that seemed science fiction just a few years ago within scientists’ reach. But the idea of editing the human genome also raises questions that science alone cannot answer. What are the ethical and moral boundaries of the human race editing its own genome? Who will have access to many of the potentially expensive medical treatments resulting from this new area of research? And where is the line between treating serious disease and enhancing humans beyond what society considers "normal"?
This talk will discuss some of these questions, none of which have simple or obvious answers. It will also highlight the need for broad societal discussions, not just about the scientific risks and benefits, but also about the moral, political, and societal complexities surrounding human genome editing.
Dietram Scheufele ist John E. Ross Professor für Wissenschaftskommunikation und Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor an der University of Wisconsin-Madison und Visiting Fellow am CAS.