Fostering responsible research with genome editing technologies: a European perspective

Transgenic Res. 2017 Oct;26(5):709-713. doi: 10.1007/s11248-017-0028-z. Epub 2017 Jul 20.


In this consensus paper resulting from a meeting that involved representatives from more than 20 European partners, we recommend the foundation of an expert group (European Steering Committee) to assess the potential benefits and draw-backs of genome editing (off-targets, mosaicisms, etc.), and to design risk matrices and scenarios for a responsible use of this promising technology. In addition, this European steering committee will contribute in promoting an open debate on societal aspects prior to a translation into national and international legislation.

Keywords: CRISPR-Cas; Gene editing; Responsible research and innovation; Science and society.

Publication types

  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Biotechnology / methods
  • Biotechnology / trends*
  • CRISPR-Cas Systems / genetics*
  • Europe
  • Gene Editing / methods*
  • Humans