Gene editing is a technology which makes it possible for DNA to be inserted, deleted, modified, or replaced in the genome of a living organism. It’s promise lies in the ability to ‘fix’ a gene responsible for potentially debilitating or fatal diseases. It also brings with it significant ethical challenges which will ultimately affect us all.
Françoise Baylis is a University Research Professor at Dalhousie University and the author of Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing.
She argues that the human genome belongs to us all and there needs to be a broad discussion on how we put new gene editing technology to work.
I talked with her about these ethical implications, and despite some static interference on the phone line, we had a good discussion.