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Gene Editing for Individuals and their Families and Family Caregivers

Gene Editing for Individuals and their Families and Family Caregivers

Dr. Marcy Darnovsky is Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society, http://www.geneticsandsociety.org/. She describes her career and the Center’s work. She explains human gene editing, the ways it could be used for medical treatment and research, and the pros and cons. She explains germline gene modification and the Center’s position on its benefits and risks. She highlights policies on human germline modification in influential countries and identifies the main differences. She explains why the prospect of human germline modification is so controversial. She says how well she thinks North American would-be parents and family caregivers understand human gene editing and human germline modification, what more she would like to see done to improve understanding of human gene editing and human germline modification, and what more governments should do to improve information flows to parents, would-be parents and family caregivers, researchers, and the medical profession.

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