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The Future of Genome Editing

A public discussion @ the Cambridge Science Festival 

Genome editing allows sections of DNA to be precisely removed or replaced. Recent developments, including the much-reported CRISPR-cas9 tool, have enabled rapid advances in the way we apply these technologies. The potential and scope of genome editing is being reassessed and this could have lots of important scientific, ethical and social implications.

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As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, we co-hosted an interactive panel discussion open to all members of the public. The title of the discussion was 'The Future of Genome Editing', and the panel consisted of experts form very different fields: Prof. Ludovic Vallier, Dr Peter Rugg-Gunn, Dr Marcus Lee, & Sarion Bowers.

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The event provided a fascinating introduction to the latest scientific developments and demonstrated a wide range of opinions amongst the panelists and the audience. Attendees were able to pre-submit comments and questions to the panel to ensure that we were hiting the hot topics but there were plenty more questions on the night and the discussions continued until we were forced to leave the building!

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This event was co-hosted by four leading bio-medical research institutes: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute; Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute; Wellcome Trust / Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute; and The Babraham Institute.

Our Institute is an international centre of excellence for research into stem cell biology and stem cell medicine