The workshop aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to learn from each other and to understand the different challenges and opportunities associated with human genome editing.
Genome editing enables the deletion, modification or introduction of gene sequences. With the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 system it became a method which is broadly applicable and highly specific, also in humans. For biologists it is a new, powerful and important tool, lawyers are confronted with regulatory challenges and for ethicists it raises different questions of how and for what purposes the technology should be applied. During the workshop a particular focus will be set on the context of reproductive medicine, where we will compare the new challenges with similar questions that previously confronted our society.
Prof. Dr. Isabel Roditi, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern
Prof. Dr. Claudia Seitz, Faculty of Law, University of Basel
Dr. Anna Deplazes Zemp, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich