Gene editing promises to precisely modify the human DNA of embryos. This could cure genetic disorders, eradicate genes contributing to common human diseases and further research into disease. But it could also be used to enhance normal human traits like intelligence, memory and even moral dispositions. The prospect of designer humans has led scientists to call for a moratorium on this research. But what should the limits be?
Dr Andy Greenfield, Programme Leader, Medical Research Council, Harwell
Dr Christopher Gyngell, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford
Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, Group Leader and Head of the Division of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics, The Francis Crick Institute
Professor Alison Murdoch, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Head of Department, Newcastle University
Professor Julian Savulescu, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease and Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics