With CRISPR/Cas9, the scientific community has handed the world the ability to precisely edit the genes of plants, animals, humans, and other species.
This technology could have a profound impact on conservation, agriculture, and human health. It also raises important questions related to bioethics, environmental impacts, safety, regulation, and public engagement.
Together with the University of California, Berkeley, Ketchum, and steering committee of CRISPR researchers and thought leaders, Keystone developed the program for a two-day conference in Berkeley, Calif., that will elevate the diverse voices of those whose communities and lives could be impacted by CRISPR. These stakeholders will play a critical role in assessing the potential of CRISPR to transition from the lab to the outside world.
Keystone put together an agenda with both cross-cutting and topic-specific panels, breakout sessions, and networking events featuring thought leaders from academia, industry, civil society, and government. Speakers represented a range of interests and perspectives from the United States and beyond on science, farming, environmental protection, animal health, disease and vector control, patient advocacy, disability rights, racial justice, indigenous cultures, religion, science communications, environmental protection, regulatory systems, community and inter-generational engagement, and more.