Genome editing and farmed animal breeding: social and ethical issues


Published 01/12/2021

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About this project

  • This short report outlines the main themes, findings and recommendations of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ report Genome editing and farmed animal breeding: social and ethical issues, which was published in December 2021. You can also download a PDF version of this short report.
  • This inquiry was carried out by a multidisciplinary working group that included members with expertise in farming and food systems, animal biotechnology, biological research, veterinary epidemiology, law, philosophy, social science, sociology, animal welfare, and ethics.
  • The working group invited contributions from a wide range of people, including through an open call for evidence, commissioned research, site visits, fact-finding meetings, and a series of individual and panel interviews.
  • Alongside the evidence gathering, the working group commissioned a public dialogue in which citizens were invited to explore the values and considerations that informed their response to prospective applications of genome editing in farmed animals.