The ISSR CRISPR-Cas9 session held at the AAR Boston event November 2017, organised by ISSR Vice President Ron Cole-Turner, was filmed by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. The video of the event can be viewed on the following page:


Human Genome Editing: Science, Ethics, and Governance calls for inclusive public discussion and debate about the potential uses of technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 to make changes to human DNA. Engaging diverse viewpoints will be particularly critical to debates about uses that would raise complex societal and ethical issues, such as the creation of heritable genetic changes (also referred to as germline genome editing).

With support from NAM’s Kellogg Health of the Public Fund, the National Academies were pleased to support a webcast of “CRISPR/Cas and Human Germline Gene Editing: Possibilities and Perspectives,” a session during the International Society of Science and Religion (ISSR) meeting, held in association with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston on Nov. 17, 2017.  Speakers were NAS/NAM committee chair Richard Hynes, committee member John H. Evans, and  Ronald Cole Turner and Laurie Zoloth.