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Join the Debate - Genome editing
Scientists have recently developed a technology called CRISPR-Cas9, which enables scientists to cut and paste DNA within the genome. The tool permits genetic engineering on an unprecedented scale and at a very low cost. The technique is already being used in a variety of fields, but because of its potential to modify DNA in human embryos, it has prompted calls for a public debate about where the technology should be applied.
Researchers working with WhatIsBiotechnology are running a pilot survey to gather people's views on this new technology. Dr Lara Marks, Managing Editor of the site and historian of medicine and Dr Silvia Camporesi, bioethicist at King's College London, are leading the project. Responses to the survey are anonymised, and results will be published both on the website and through other media.
For more information and to complete the pilot survey see here.