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The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS

Find out about the science and ethics of genome editing from a panel of leading geneticists

Genome editing has the potential to improve the health of millions of people worldwide. A rapidly expanding field, researchers today are finding more and more ways to use genome editing to overcome and address the genetic causes of diseases and disorders that reduce quality of life.

However, could genome editing one day be used not just to improve health, but improve longevity? Alter aesthetics not just ailments? Be used to aid intelligence, increase height, decrease weight, or even "improve" personalities? Where do we draw the line?


Fiona Fox Hon MRSB

Chief Executive, Science Media Centre


Dr John Parrington

Associate Professor in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Oxford

Peter Thompson

Chief Executive, Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

Dr Ann Bruce

Associate Director Research (KE & Impact) at Edinburgh University

Dr Robin Lovell-Badge FRSB

Group leader at the Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute

Professor Shirley Hodgson FRSB

Professor of Cancer Genetics at St George's, University of London


The doors will open at approximately 18:30, with a prompt start at 19:00. There will be time for questions after the talk.


Standard - £16
Concession - £10
Ri Members and Ri Patrons - £7


Register to attend on the Royal Institution website.


This event is presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Biology, the Biochemical Society and the Royal Institution for Biology Week 2017.


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