SSHM’s Filippa Lentzos asks “Can we trust scientists’ self-control?”

In a 26 April 2015 Guardian article SSHM’sFilippa Lentzos writes there is a growing convergence of concern about new technologies in the life sciences, with the genome-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9 being the latest one to have hit the headlines.

Filippa and her co-authors, Koos van der Bruggen and Kathryn Nixdorff, argued that the technology posing the greatest, most immediate threat to humanity comes from ‘gain-of-function’ (GOF) experiments, and tha global public engagement must be a priority for deliberation about these technologies and for developing a set of common red lines.

You can read the rest of the article “Can we trust scientists’ self-control?” on the Guardian page here:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/political-science/2015/apr/26/can-we-trust-scientists-self-control?CMP=share_btn_tw 

Filippa Lentzos is Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, King’s College London. Filippa works on contemporary and historical understandings of the threat of biological weapons, bioterrorism and the strategic use of infection in conflict. To contact Filippa: filippa.lentzos@kcl.ac.uk

Koos van der Bruggen is an independent biosecurity expert and former adviser for biosecurity to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences. Kathryn Nixdorff is Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology & Genetics, Darmstadt University of Technology.

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