Our Impact Vision is to create a better conversation between the public and scientists, across both Western and Asian cultures, about how these technologies should be developed and used.
The impacts of gene editing on society and the environment may outpace even climate change. It’s time we started talking about the genomic revolution. International scientific communities recognize that the social, ethical, and medical benefits (and risks) of gene editing technologies such as CRISPR and Zinc Finger Nuclease need to be better understood by the public. What are the implications?
Many of our genetic diseases, including cancer, may be eradicated within the foreseeable future.
Wealthy individuals will soon be able to purchase therapies to extend their life.
Gene drives could empower any knowledgeable individual to force a genetic change throughout an entire species in nature.
New synthetical organisms can be envisioned that clean up pollution, sequester atmospheric gases like CO2, or modify the climate.
Nation states could employ population wide therapies to increase intelligence and enjoy the resulting benefits of improved economic and global positioning.
Bioterrorists may be able to cheaply and easily deploy weapons of mass destruction.
Colonization of the solar system may become feasible through modification of human traits, especially as related to radiation exposure and bone density loss.
Soldiers on the battlefield may benefit from new medical treatments or be harmed by new bioweapons.
Religion, history, and ethnic background will shape how different groups of people view these implications.
Ultimately, the partnerships forged through this project will impact public awareness with a feature documentary, deepen the conversation by collaborating with traditional media, engage the public in online social media spaces, and provide a web experience tool that allows anyone to build engaging film and share it.