What are we talking about? Clarifying calls for “public discussion” about emerging technologies

Matthew McCoy, Postdoctoral Fellow in Advanced Biomedical Ethics, Penn University

Earlier this year, an expert committee convened by the U.S. National Academies of Science and Medicine published a report on the science, ethics, and governance of human genome editing. Peppered throughout the report’s 200-plus pages were repeated references to the need for more “public discussion” about ethical issues raised by human genome editing.[1]

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What are we talking about? Clarifying calls for “public discussion” about emerging technologies