What can genetic technologies be used for? What should genetic technologies be used for?
The Royal Society has been investigating these questions as part of a major programme on genetic technologies. As set out in our President's speech, this follows recent scientific developments that have made understanding and adapting genetic material faster, easier and cheaper, with the result that some previously theoretical uses of genetic technologies are becoming increasingly practicable. So as well as considering what now can be done, scientists and society must also consider what should be done.
To contribute to the wider debates that are necessary, the Royal Society ran a public dialogue in the UK to explore the range of views that individuals hold concerning which potential applications for genetic technologies should be developed, why, and under what conditions. The results of this dialogue will inform our work on the future of genetic technologies’ development and regulation.