CIID Open Lecture: Future Betting with Gene Editing

Open Lecture at the Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design

Designer babies. Woolly mammoths. Cures for genetic diseases. The “new eugenics”. If you follow the news about emerging biotech, it seems as though we’re going to have all of those things on Earth fairly soon. But without giving into hyperbole or science fiction, what is the real state of the science and technology today? What directions is it leading us in? What new ethical issues does it create? And how is it going to change the world? In this CIID Open Lecture, Britt Wray – documentarist, author of Rise of the Necrofauna and PhD Candidate in Science Communication at the University of Copenhagen – will give an intrepid tour through the field of gene editing and discuss how it applies to humans, non-humans, extinct creatures and endangered species.