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Gene editing, a technology that enables scientists to change an organism's DNA, holds promise for the prevention and cure of such complex human diseases as cancer, heart disease, and sickle cell anemia.
The techniques used, including CRISPR, have generated a great deal of excitement for their efficiency and potential impact on human health, but they have also raised legal and ethical issues regarding germline and embryo manipulation, and many countries have banned such techniques due to these concerns.
The 2019 Radcliffe Institute science symposium will bring together leading international scientists, clinicians, and ethicists to explore case studies of particular gene therapies as well as the legal and bioethical implications of this research.
For more information, including the list of speakers, click here for the event webpage.