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Human genome surgery - towards a responsible evaluation of a new technology : analysis by the Interdisciplinary Research Group Gene Technology Report

  • New, precise genetic engineering methods for genome alteration in living cells, which can be classed together under the generic heading “genome surgery”,are currently sparking a revolution in biomedical research. The Interdisciplinary Research Group Gene Technology Report is, in principle, in favour of research on these promising new methods for the medical sector. However, for the time being, it has clearly spoken out against gene surgery experiments on the human germ line, which could also enter the realm of possibility thanks to these methods.The research group, therefore, supports the call, which has already been discussed at length in scientific and public circles, for a moratorium for germ line experiments. The period of the moratorium should be used to debate the experimental, ethical and legal aspects of germ line therapy in an open, transparent and critical manner with a view to more clearly defining the opportunities and risks of these technologies for man and nature, and to elaborating recommendations for future regulations. The goal of this analysis is to promote a discourse of this kind.

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Author:Jens Reich, Heiner Fangerau, Boris Fehse, Jürgen Hampel, Ferdinand Hucho, Kristian Köchy, Martin Korte, Bernd Müller-Röber, Jochen Taupitz, Jörn Walter, Martin Zenke
Place of publication:Berlin
Contributor(s):Jens Reich, Lilian Marx-Stölting
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of Publication (online):2016/02/29
Publishing Institution:Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Creating Corporation:Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Release Date:2016/03/01
CRISPR; Designer-Baby; biotechnology; gene technology; gene therapy; genetic engineering; genome editing; interdisciplinary; molecular medicine
GND Keyword:Gentechnologie; Gentechnikrecht; Gentherapie; Keimbahn; Reproduktionsmedizin
Page Number:26
This booklet is a translation of "Genomchirurgie beim Menschen - zur verantwortlichen Bewertung einer neuen Technologie" of the Interdisciplinary Research Group Gene Technology Report, published in July 2015 (ISBN: 978-3-939818-57-1)
Institutes:BBAW / Interdisziplinäre Arbeitsgruppe Gentechnologiebericht
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 17 Ethik / 170 Ethik
5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Keine kommerzielle Nutzung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 DE)