Genome editing

Genome editing techniques such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system are transforming many areas of biological research.

Most uses of genome editing have so far been in scientific research – for example to investigate models of human disease. However, given that genome editing has the potential to alter any DNA sequence, whether in a bacterium, plant, animal or human being, it has an almost limitless range of possible applications in living things. If you want to find out more about genome editing, read our brief guide.

We are undertaking an ongoing programme of work on genome editing, split into three strands:

  1. Genome editing: an ethical review – published in 2016
  2. Genome editing and human reproduction – to be published in early 2018
  3. Genome editing and livestock – to begin in 2018


Previous work

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