Cutting Edges and Weaving Threads in the Gene Editing (Я)Evolution: Reconciling Scientific Progress with Legal, Ethical, & Social Concerns

Posted: 14 Sep 2017

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Ana Nordberg

Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden

Timo Minssen

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) - Faculty of Law

Sune Holm

University of Copenhagen - Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

Maja Horst

University of Copenhagen - Department of Media, Cognition and Communication

Kell Mortensen

Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Birger Møller

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Synthetic Biology

Date Written: May 31, 2017

Abstract

Gene-editing technology, such as CRISPR/Cas9, holds great promise for the advancement of science and technology. This foundational technology enables modification of the genetic structure of living organisms with unprecedented precision. Potential applications include both plant, animal and human genetic intervention. In plant biology, gene editing introduces more precise, target- and time-efficient tools to engineer plants for multipurpose uses such as crops, medicines or biofuel. In humans, gene-editing technology offers hope in the fight against severe genetic diseases and many other illnesses. In this paper an interdisciplinary group of European lawyers, biologists, philosophers, social scientists, and physicists analyses and discusses the most problematic legal, ethical and societal implications of gene editing. We demonstrate and argue that before society can harness this technology’s potential it is imperative to consider from a broader societal and value-based perspective not only the enormous benefits that gene editing may bring, but also its problematic aspects.

Keywords: Gene editing; Gene Drive; CRISPR/Cas9; Patents; Regulation; Interdisciplinary perspectives; Ethical and social concerns; law and technology; ELSI

Suggested Citation

Nordberg, Ana and Minssen, Timo and Holm, Sune and Horst, Maja and Mortensen, Kell and Møller, Birger, Cutting Edges and Weaving Threads in the Gene Editing (Я)Evolution: Reconciling Scientific Progress with Legal, Ethical, & Social Concerns (May 31, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2977931

Ana Nordberg (Contact Author)

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Timo Minssen

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Sune Holm

University of Copenhagen - Department of Media, Cognition and Communication ( email )

Karen Blixensvej 4
København S,, 2300
Denmark

Maja Horst

University of Copenhagen - Department of Media, Cognition and Communication ( email )

Karen Blixensvej 4
København S,, 2300
Denmark

Kell Mortensen

Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen ( email )

Blegdamsvej 17
2100 Kbh.O
United States

Birger Møller

University of Copenhagen - Centre for Synthetic Biology ( email )

Thorvaldsensvej 40
Frederiksberg, 1871
Denmark

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