Working Party on genome editing and human reproduction

Terms of reference

  1. To examine ethical questions relating to the attempted influence of inherited characteristics in humans, in the light of the likely impact of genome editing technologies.
  2. To review relevant institutional, national and international policies and provisions, and to assess their suitability in the light of the ethical questions examined.
  3. To report on these matters and to make recommendations relating to policy and practice.

Membership of the Working Party

Karen Yeung (Chair)


Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Technology, Ethics & Law in Society (TELOS), King’s College London

Richard Ashcroft

Professor of Bioethics, Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London

Neva Haites

Professor of Medical Genetics, University of Aberdeen

Joyce Harper

Professor in Human Genetics and Embryology, Institute for Women’s Health, University College London

Julian Hitchcock

Partner, Marriott Harrison LLP

Jackie Leach Scully

Professor of Social Ethics & Bioethics, PEALS (Policy, Ethics & Life Sciences) Research Centre, Newcastle University

Tony Perry

Reader, Laboratory of Mammalian Molecular Embryology, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath

Christine Watson

Council member, Professor of Cell and Cancer Biology in the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge and Vice-Principal of Newnham College



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