Gene editing technologies have the power to change life as we know it. So why aren’t more people involved in conversations about how we should use it? This was the central question of the Guardian's Gene Gap project. And the key motivation for this new podcast series, which features five different communities around the UK and the conversations they had about a technology that could, one day, allow us to rewrite our DNA
Episode 1: what does it mean to be human?
Gene editing technologies such as Crispr-Cas9 have the capability to rewrite our DNA and change life as we know it. In this new series, we spoke to people around the UK who could be touched by the new technology. In this first episode, we look at how DNA and identity interact. Does DNA make us who we are? What if we were to change that? And what does it mean to be different in a world that strives for perfection?
Episode 2: who decides what should happen next?
In our second episode on gene editing, we talk about power. Are we well informed? Who holds the power to inform us? Who has the authority to speak for our species and to make decisions?
Episode 3: can we trust science to police itself?
In our third and final episode, we talk about trust in science. In particular, how historical cases of abuse led many in our groups to question gene editing, science and medicine. If we focus on the past, will we ever move forward?
Our new podcast series on gene editing is coming soon ...
Should we rewrite our DNA? Gene editing technologies have the power to change life as we know it. In this new series, we hear from people who will be affected by this new technology, not just from the usual experts. All three episodes will be dropping in the next couple of weeks so make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts