Gene drive and collective oversight

Esvelt, K,  GeneWatch,  2017.

As one of the scientists who first described how CRISPR could create gene drive systems capable of altering wild; populations, I am morally responsible for the consequences. I’m writing to you in the hope that the people most; critical of the very idea can help. Bluntly, gene drive is an example of how the current scientific enterprise causes; our technological power to grow faster than our ability to ensure it is developed wisely. But because it affects the; shared environment, gene drive may also be the key to improving the system – namely, by causing it to favor; collective oversight. And to do that, we need your help.