10:00-10:45
Room 2

Saturday 11 November 2023


Roundtable

Exploring the ethics and global governance of genome editing

Addressing inequalities and accelerating SDGs

Thanks to significant technological advances, genome editing is becoming increasingly accessible. The healthcare applications of such innovations offer great potential for personalized medicine and the understanding of many diseases. However, genome-editing techniques also carry safety risks and raise ethical questions. While the potential benefits of genetic therapies on somatic cells could be significant, related scientific practices remain largely unsupervised and access to these therapies is limited. On the other hand, the hereditary modifications enabled by genome editing of embryos are widely decried as unethical. Leading institutions have established governance frameworks to define the parameters for the ethical use of this technology, while working with regulators to apply relevant norms and standards. In a complex international environment, how can we bring this issue to the fore at the political level, so as to define the limits to the use of this biotechnology, while at the same time allowing us to benefit from its potential advantages?

Gabriela Ramos

Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Speaker

Hervé Chneiweiss

Head of Research, CNRS

Moderator

Benjamin Hurlbut

Co-Director, Global Observatory for Genome Editing

Speaker

Katherine Littler

Co-Unit Head, Health Ethics

Speaker

Piers Millett

Executive Director, International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science

Speaker

Shri S Niranjan Reddy

Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, India

Speaker

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