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Leah Lowthorp, a co-organizer with Center for Genetics and Society

A University of Oregon cultural anthropologist is among a 21-member group of international researchers and public-interest advocates who have published a strong, cautionary statement about the use of genome editing in human embryos.

The statement emerged from a discussion about public engagement and governance of heritable human genome editing, which has risen into public debate by the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR, at a January 2019 workshop held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Leah Lowthorp, assistant professor in the UO’s Department of Anthropology, was a co-organizer of the workshop while with the nonprofit Center for Genetics and Society under a two-year public fellowship funded by the American Council of Learned Societies and Andrew P. Mellon foundation.

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