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Call for Applications - Desire to have children and genome-editing: Ethical, legal and social aspects of genome-editing in in-vitro fertilisation

Research Retreat for PhD students and Early Career Researchers, University of Tuebingen, Germany

10 – 14 of July 2017

Call for Applications Deadline: 13 April 2017 - see flyer below for further information.

New methods for genome-editing (CRISPR/Cas) are more efficient than those previously known. They could be applied in the prevention and therapy of diseases. However, several scientists called for moratoria on interventions in the germ line. In the United Kingdom, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has granted researchers permission to use genome-editing for research purposes in human embryos. The improvement of success rates of assisted reproduction is one of the possible outcomes that are discussed in relation to this research. Unfulfilled desire for children is acknowledged to cause suffering and assisted reproduction is widely accepted as a treatment. Research which can increase the success rates of in-vitro fertilization is likely to be very welcome. Due to the application of the new methods in the context of assisted reproduction, it is necessary to consider the benefits and risks of IVF and genome-editing together. The aim of the retreat is an international and comparative perspective with a focus on Germany and the United Kingdom, two countries which differ in terms of the regulation of genome-editing in the context of IVF.

We are looking for:

•PhD students and Early Career Researchers

•researching genome-editing and/or assisted reproduction

•working in one or more of the following fields: life sciences, medicine, ethics, social sciences, law

•based in Germany or the United Kingdom

•willing to prepare a paper & to discuss it with participants and experts

•open to try out new formats for scientific collaboration (forum theatre workshop)

•interested in an international perspective focusing on Germany and the United Kingdom

•looking forward to spending a week discussing ethical, social and legal aspects of genome-editing and in-vitro fertilisation

Contact: Dr. phil. Selma Kadi This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Dr. med. Zoé Rheinsberg This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Faculty of Medicine Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine