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Rapid advances in the life sciences and technologies often create the impression of leaving law and ethics lagging in their wake. Reversing this common perception, the Global Observatory for Genome Editing seeks to foreground the multiplicity of deep meanings that societies attach to human life in order to produce a more cosmopolitan approach to bioethics. Through international, interdisciplinary, and cross-sectoral conversations, the Observatory seeks to supplement often thin discussions of technique with richer thinking about the human at the center of bioethical deliberation.

Dr. Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, joined Foundation staff recently to discuss her project,  Global Observatory for Gene Editing: Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics for Biotechnology and the Human Future.

Watch the conversation here to learn more about her fascinating work on the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies.