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Should We 'Edit Out' Disability?

Wednesday 4 April

Scientific breakthroughs like genome editing CRISPR may lead to the potential to ‘edit out’ hereditary disabilities as well as diseases. Is this a choice we should make? A world without disability could offer a future where fewer people live with pain and discomfort, but it could also curb social diversity and lessen the capacity to engage with others with different experiences. Some people see their disability as part of their identity and wouldn’t change it, while others would welcome the idea. Join our panel including leading disability studies researcher and theorist Dr Fiona Kumari Campbell, campaigner in deaf/disability issues Tomato Lichy, and science policy and bioethics expert Dr Sarah Chan to discuss who should decide this complex question and how close the science is to making these decisions a reality. 

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