The Progress Educational Trust took over the TechForum stage at Festival of Genomics London earlier this year, for a packed out panel discussion on the ethics of using CRISPR/Cas9 to edit human embryos. Three panels members gave three very different perspectives on the topic, from the research issues to the legal framework. It was definitely one of the standout moments of the Festival! And shortly after the Festival we received the news that CRISPR/Cas9 had been approved for use in human embryos by researchers at the Crick Institute in London.


  • Joyce Harper, Professor of Human Genetics and Embryology and Director of the Centre for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis at University College London
  • Julian Hitchcock, Counsel at Denoon Legal, and Trustee at the Science Media Centre
  • Güneş Taylor, Stem cell researcher at the University of Oxford’s Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine