Lecture: George Daley – Gene Therapy to Germline Editing

by Alexey Bersenev on July 4, 2015 · 0 comments

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George Daley is a Professor from Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School. His lab focuses on pluripotent stem cell biology, hematopoietic differentiation and disease modeling. He plays a major role in International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) as co-author of few guidelines for professionals and for public. The most recent initiative is a new version of Guidelines for Stem Cell Science and Clinical Translation.

In this lecture he overviews history of the most controversial topics in stem cell research and milestones in convergence of cell and gene therapy. Significant part of his talk is a discussion about the future of human germline modifications and potential consequences of permissive regulation. He basically voices ISSCR’s opinion, which calls for moratorium on genetic germline modifications in human. He also mentioned a meeting on scientific and ethical considerations of CRISPR-based editing of human gemline, which will be held this fall. I’d highly recommend you to watch whole video, because questions from audience at the end were very good!

This video was recorded on June 16, 2015 and shared on Vector blog.

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