Genome editing: Where do we draw the line?

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Monday 9 October

The Theatre

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Genome editing has the potential to improve the health of millions of people worldwide. A rapidly expanding field, researchers today are finding more and more ways to use genome editing to overcome and address the genetic causes of diseases and disorders that reduce quality of life.

However, could genome editing one day be used not just to improve health, but improve longevity? Alter aesthetics not just ailments? Be used to aid intelligence, increase height, decrease weight, or even “improve” personalities? Where do we draw the line? 

Find out about the science and ethics of genome editing from a panel of leading geneticists including:

  • John Parrington, Associate Professor in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology (University of Oxford)
  • Peter Thompson, Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority.
  • Ann Bruce, Associate Director Research (KE & Impact) at Edinburgh University
  • Robin Lovell-Badge, group leader at the Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute
  • Shirley Hodgson, Professor of Cancer Genetics at St George’s, University of London

This event is presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society for Biology Week 2017.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

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