Recent advances in the power to edit the genes in our DNA, especially the discovery of CRISPR/Cas9 technology, have raised the possibility of great leaps forward in science and medicine – but also serious ethical questions.
Will parents be able to design babies to their liking, with desired hair, eye colour, personality, or intelligence level? Or add genetic traits they like, and remove those they don’t?
Could we engineer animals as we please, or even control their behaviour? What are the limits of the technology, the limits of the law, and the possibilities for the future?
Join our panel – including a doctor, a scientist, an ethicist, a lawyer and a patient – in discussing these vexed issues.
Panel of experts:
* Adam Johnson, patient
* Ian Alexander, paediatric geneticist
* John Rasko, adult gene therapist
* Julie Hamblin, lawyer with interest in ethics
* Bernie Tuch, clinician with interest in policy development
Discussion hosted by science journalist Wilson da Silva (Editor-at-Large, COSMOS).