The Ethics of Gene Editing

April 15, 2018
Margaret McLean
Director of Bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
The Ethics of Gene Editing
Recent developments in gene editing (including the breakthrough technique called CRISPR) allow precise modifications of the DNA of living organisms.  These developments have enabled genetic modification of crops to improve disease resistance thereby improving yields; modification of insects to reduce transmission of diseases like malaria; and many others.  Many human diseases are caused by genetic errors, some of which may now be corrected by these new techniques.   Such developments can have profound positive effects on human health but, as with previous technologies, their widespread use raises ethical questions. Dr. Margaret McLean will  
provide an opportunity for us to consider how we might respond ethically, as Christians, to the promise and power of gene editing. 
 
About Margaret McLean
Margaret R. McLean, Ph.D. is the Director of Bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and is a senior lecturer in religious studies and affiliate faculty in bioengineering.  She teaches courses on ethics including health care ethics and ethics in biotechnology.
 

 

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