Should We Edit the Genome? forum

NISE Network product
Description: 

New tools—like "CRISPR"—are making it possible to edit DNA with great precision. Soon, we will be able to accurately alter targeted sections of the genome of other animals and plants, as well as our own DNA. But should we? In this forum, participants can discuss the positive and negative possibilities of altering genomes, along with their own hopes and fears around the technologies of synthetic biology.

Objectives

Learning Goals: 
  • All new technologies present inherent risks, opportunities, and benefits for different people.
  • Changing the genes of an organism has been possible for a long time, but new methods and technologies raise new societal and ethical questions.
  • Everyone has valuable perspectives and views to add to the conversation.

Credits

Funding: 
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number DRL 1421179.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Owning institution: 
Boston Museum of Science
Permissions: 

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Development Process: 

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