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Summit on Human Gene Editing

Spring 2016


Purposeful science; Climate and democracy; Reporting on climate change; Reviving nuclear power; Fusion entrepreneurship; Genetic goose chase; Seeing through the smoke; Leveraging global R&D.

From the Hill

President Obama’s FY 2017 budget proposal reflects overall spending constraints; Tense moments at fetal tissue research hearing; House energy action; Science Committee sends another request to NOAA.

Perspective: Data-Driven Science Policy

Katy Börner

Perspective: Super-muscly Pigs

Judith Benz-Schwarzburg, Arianna Ferrari

Responding to CRISPR/Cas9

Kevin Finneran

Why We Need a Summit on Human Gene Editing

David Baltimore

Newly available capabilities are creating opportunities and responsibilities that should be discussed throughout society, not just by scientists and physicians.

The Legal and Regulatory Context for Human Gene Editing

R. Alta Charo

An understanding of regulatory philosophies and of the variety of approaches already being implemented in countries provides a necessary foundation for a global discussion.

The History of Eugenics

Daniel J. Kevles

With the possibility of taking control of human heredity growing closer, we should be aware of the disheartening ideas that gained currency in the recent past.

Interrogating Equity: A Disability Justice Approach to Genetic Engineering

Ruha Benjamin

We need to listen to all voices in the discussion of genetic intervention, in particular to those we claim to be helping.

On Human Gene Editing: International Summit Statement by the Organizing Committee

Adrian Thrasher, David Baltimore, Duanqing Pei, Eric S. Lander, Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, Françoise Baylis, George Q. Daley, Jennifer A. Doudna, Paul Berg, Pilar Ossorio, Qi Zhou, Robin Lovell-Badge

International Summit Statement by the Organizing Committee.

Germline Gene Therapy: Don’t Let Good Intentions Spawn Bad Policy

Henry Miller

The proposed moratorium on clinical applications of gene editing technology reveals ignorance about how innovation works, and callousness about human suffering.

The Rise of the Platform Economy

Martin Kenney, John Zysman

The application of big data, new algorithms, and cloud computing will change the nature of work and the structure of the economy.

Transforming the Active Orientation

Amitai Etzioni

Technology should help cultivate social and moral progress, rather than endless growth and consumerism.

Book Review: A Tangled Web

Nigel Cameron

The Internet of Things
, by 
Samuel Greengard
, and
Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know
, by 
P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman

Book Review: Chemical Solutions

Richard Clapp

Chemicals Without Harm: Policies for a Sustainable World
, by 
Ken Geiser.

Book Review: Posthumans’ Inhumanity to Man

Nathaniel Comfort

Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress
, by 
Charles T. Rubin.

Book Review: Radical by Design

Sybil Francis

Big Science: Ernest Lawrence, the Cyclotron, and the Birth of the Military-Industrial Complex
, by 
Michael Hiltzik.