Embryo Editing – presentation and panel discussion
29th November 2018
Anna’s presentation and subsequent panel discussion were a part of the section of the conference called “Public Engagement Efforts,” held on the final afternoon of the three day summit.
Fellow panelists were Joy Y. Zhang of the University of Kent, Megan Munsie of the University of Melbourne and Masako Takuma of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
The section was chaired by Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkley.
A main focus of the summit was on He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who created the first genetically edited embryos that resulted in live births, twins Lulu and Nana. He was at the summit where he attempted to defend his controversial work, which was undertaken largely in secret from the wider scientific community. 80,000 people viewed the live summit webcasts and 1.8 million viewed the special press stream of the webcasts.
A video of his full presentation, plus subsequent Q&A, at which Anna had the opportunity to ask a series of questions about whether or not Dr He had obtained informed consent from the parents, is below: