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The Rise and Risks of CRISPR/Cas9: Cultural and Ethical Perspectives on the New Gene Technology

The aim of this project is to initiate research in the humanities and philosophy on the debate and risks of the new gene technology known as CRISPR/Cas9.

CRISPR/Cas9 is looked upon as one of the greatest breakthroughs in the life sciences in our lifetime. Since it may be possible to utlize CRISPR/Cas9 as a gene therapy, it has the potential to revolutionize medicine and perhaps also to improve ordinary human beings. This potential leads to both expectations and fear and it gives rise to a number of severe questions regarding cultural values, risks and ethics. These questions need to be taken serious and be analysed in systematic ways by scholars in democratic societies. This project will contribute to this important task.

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Title of Project

The Rise and Risks of CRISPR/Cas9: Cultural and Ethical Perspectives on the New Gene Technology

Project Period

07/01/2017 - 06/30/2020

Subject areas

Practical philosophy, History of science and ideas, Technology and culture

Head of research

Christer Nordlund, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies


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