Abstract: A discussion of human and non-human applications of genome editing and associated technologies such as gene drives and the ethical debates surrounding their research, development and marketing. It will also describe ongoing efforts and obstacles to responsible stewardship and global regulation.
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R. Alta Charo, J.D., is a 2019-2020 Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin. She was co-chair of the National Academies’ 2017 report on human genome editing, and a member of the organizing committee for the 2019 international summit on genome editing in Hong Kong. At present, she serves on the steering committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research effort to revise and expand ethical guidelines for research and development of both heritable and non-heritable human genome editing.