September 01, 2016

Brave New Technology: Brave New Babies

Eileen Smith Ewing

Gene editing (GE)—the focus of this issue of The SciTech Lawyer—combines elements a science fiction thriller would find hard to match: A breakthrough technology with the potential to affect all life, both as we know it and as we cannot yet imagine it, for good or ill. A clash among scientific titans, broken down on gender lines, at major universities as to patent rights and the ability to monetize and commercially develop GE research results. The struggles of legislators domestically and internationally to grapple with the technology’s present moral implications and unforeseeable future implementations.

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