Since the CRISPR breakthrough in 2012, genome editing has been the focus of a huge amount of attention and debate, thanks in part to its incredible potential: delivering personalised gene-medicines, and preventing the inheritance of genetic conditions. However, as human genome editing is virtually prohibited everywhere, medical standards and governance frameworks are needed for it to become lawful.
- Should we allow the implantation of edited embryos to prevent them suffering serious genetic disease once born?
- Should we allow it for the purpose of benefiting future generations?
- Why not for the purpose of ‘enhancing’ human characteristics?
- Could genome editing deepen social divisions?
- What are the dangers of commercial monopolisation?
- How can we avoid potential harms?
- What, in fact, does society in general think about all of this?
Download the survey results to learn what a representative sample of the British population replied to these important questions.