Position of ARRIGE Scientific Committee on Gene Drive

ARRIGE Scientific Committee on Gene Drive,  ARRIGE Newsletter,  2020.

The development of gene editing technologies over the last few years has considerably improved our understanding of biological processes by being able to change the genetic material of many organisms with versatility and ease and examine the effects of these changes. This understanding improves our prospects for the control of disease – either directly, by introducing genetic modifications that prevent and treat disease, or indirectly, by understanding the genetic causes of disease and allowing targeted therapies that specifically affect these processes. They also have a scientific and cultural impact on our representations of what is human and modify the extent of our ethical responsibilities and require a dialogue between social sciences and STEM disciplines.

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