Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine

Consensus Study

Background

With the conclusion of the International Summit on Human Gene Editing, the second component of the Human Gene-Editing Initiative began: a comprehensive study of the scientific underpinnings of human gene-editing technologies, their potential use in biomedical research and medicine -- including human germline editing -- and the clinical, ethical, legal, and social implications of their use. 

A multidisciplinary committee of experts began its information-gathering process at the summit, and over the past year performed its own independent and in-depth review of the science and policy of human gene editing by reviewing the literature and holding data-gathering meetings in the U.S. and abroad to solicit broad input from researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public. The committee also monitored for the latest scientific achievements of importance in this rapidly developing field.

While informed by the statement issued by the organizing committee for the international summit, the consensus study committee had broad discretion to arrive at its own findings and conclusions. The committee's report represents the official views of NAS and NAM.  Read more.