Fostering responsible research with genome editing technologies: a European perspective

Hervé Chneiweiss*, François Hirsch, Lluis Montoliu, Albrecht M. Müller, Solveig Fenet, Marion Abecassis, Jennifer Merchant, Bernard Baertschi, Mylène Botbol-Baum, James A. Houghton, Mihalis Kritikos, Janet Mifsud, Ewa Bartnik, Johannes Rath, Christiane Druml, Bärbel Friedrich, Ana Sofia Carvalho, Dirk Lanzerath, Agnès Saint-Raymond

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In this consensus paper resulting from a meeting that involved representatives from more than 20 European partners, we recommend the foundation of an expert group (European Steering Committee) to assess the potential benefits and draw-backs of genome editing (off-targets, mosaicisms, etc.), and to design risk matrices and scenarios for a responsible use of this promising technology. In addition, this European steering committee will contribute in promoting an open debate on societal aspects prior to a translation into national and international legislation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-713
Number of pages5
JournalTransgenic Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017


  • CRISPR-Cas
  • Gene editing
  • Responsible research and innovation
  • Science and society


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