Gene editing could provide a revolutionary cure for gene-linked diseases. But does it take medicine too far?
Jonathan Kimmelman directs the biomedical ethics unit at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. His research focuses on the ethical and social implications of human testing for genetic technologies.
Tetsuya Ishii is a professor in the Office of Health and Safety at Hokkaido University in Hokkaido, Japan. He participated in the 2015 international summit on human gene editing.
Fola Esan is director of the Institute of Genetic Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine in Ibadan, Nigeria. He previously served as director of the National Institute for Medical Research in Lagos, Nigeria.
K. Vijay Raghavan is secretary to the Government of India Ministry of Science and Technology’s Department of Biotechnology and a professor of developmental genetics at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India. He took part in the first international summit on human gene editing in December 2015.
David Archard is chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, a London-based organization that explores the ethics of medical advancements. He is also an emeritus professor of philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2018, Archard co-authored a Nuffield Council report endorsing the use of germline gene editing in some circumstances.
Erik Parens is a senior research scholar with the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit bioethics research institute. He leads investigations into disability rights and what human flourishing means in the era of gene editing. Parens is the author of Shaping Our Selves: On Technology, Flourishing and a Habit of Thinking.
David M. Craig is a professor of religious studies at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis. He also serves on the faculty of the school’s Center for Bioethics. Craig specializes in health care ethics, with an emphasis on economic access.
Kelly E. Ormond is co-director of Stanford University’s master’s program in human genetics and genetic counseling and a faculty member with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics. She previously served as president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.