Center for Bioethics Seminar, Vector-Borne Diseases & Gene Drive
Vector-Borne Diseases and Gene Drive
Speaker: Jerome Singh, BA, LLB, LLM, PhD, MHSc, Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN); Joint Center for Bioethics, University of Toronto
Prof. Singh provides Ethical, Legal, Social Issues (ELSI) support to the Gates Foundation and its partners on gene drive research and its applications. In short, using a promising new technology called CRISPR/Cas9 to do targeted genome editing on mosquitos so that they produce male offspring (thus driving the species to extinction and, in the process, eliminating the spread of a disease), scientists will soon be field-testing these GM mosquitos in various settings. As you can imagine, this technology raises several ELSI issues
- Do we have the moral right to alter ecosystems?
- How do we deal with non-consensual communities or individuals in a field trial context, how do we engage with communities regarding this technology?
- How do deal with reparations if a field trial goes wrong, etc.
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