What are the views and concerns of the public regarding genome editing technology uses and applications?

These are reports from a series of public dialogues undertaken by Ipsos MORI for the ORION consortium. The dialogues focused on the views and concerns of the public regarding the current uses and implications of genome editing technology in research institutions in the ORION consortium.

The author(s)

  • Michelle Mackie Public Affairs
  • David Hills Public Affairs
  • Holly Kitson Public Affairs
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ORION (Open Responsible research and Innovation to further Outstanding kNowledge) aims to build effective cooperation between science and various sectors of society. Public dialogue events were held in four countries where ORION partner institutions are located; the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Around 30 members of the public attended each event in person, alongside scientists and other technical experts who provided specific knowledge and expertise. All the events took place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. A report is available for each of the countries where the public dialogue events were held, as well as an overarching report which synthesises findings from across all countries.

During the events, members of the public discussed current uses and applications of genome editing technology, possible future uses of the technology, and explored the best ways for the ORION partners to engage with the public about genome editing.

The diagram below depicts conclusions from the research across all four countries and recommendations for the ORION partners:

Genome editing dialogue - Conclusions & Recommendations

 

The author(s)

  • Michelle Mackie Public Affairs
  • David Hills Public Affairs
  • Holly Kitson Public Affairs

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