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Symposium „Human Germline Editing – Perspectives of Global Regulation”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Marsilius-Kolleg, Lecture Hall, Im Neuenheimer Feld 130.1, 69120 Heidelberg


Recently, various organisations have called for an international regulation of human genome editing, particularly of interventions into the human germline with the tool CRISPR-Cas9. In the last two years, several national and international organisations have themselves adopted ethical standards that set the stage for what should and should not be allowed through this technology in an increasingly comprehensive manner. However, there is still no internationally harmonized approach to the application of genome editing in humans. The symposium will therefore focus on the benefits and limitations of international regulation. Furthermore, it aims to approach human germline editing from an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing together experts and researchers from the life sciences and biomedicine, the social sciences, law and the humanities. The Symposium is part of the Marsilius Winter School 2018 “Global Governance of Human Germline Editing” (12-17 November 2018).



Anne Cambon-Thomsen, University Toulouse III

Steffi Friedrichs, AcumenIST, Brussels

Rosario Isasi, University of Miami

Ursula Klingmüller, German Cancer Research Center, Member of the German Ethics Council

Jennifer Merchant, Université Paris II Panthéon Assas

Philipp Stoellger, Heidelberg University

Kathleen M. Vogel, University of Maryland

Joachim Wittbrodt, Heidelberg University



09.00 Opening

Thomas Rausch, Director Marsilius Kolleg, Heidelberg University
Michael Boutros, German Cancer Research Center and Heidelberg University
Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor, Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities


09.15 Designer Babies: Facts and Fiction

Jochen Wittbrodt, Heidelberg University


09.55 May we Design People? CRISPR/Cas and Genome Surgery as Promise or Nightmare?

Philipp Stoellger, Heidelberg University


10.35 Coffee Break


11.00 Anticipating Emerging Biotechnology Threats: A Case Study of CRISPR

Kathleen M. Vogel, University of Maryland


11.40 Working towards an Opinion Paper on Human Gene Editing

Ursula Klingmüller, Systems Biology, German Cancer Research Center


12.20 Lunch Break


13.30 Policy and Ethical Issues in Human Genome Editing, Health and the Human Future

Jennifer Merchant, University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas


14.10 The Debate on Human Germline Genome Editing in the Context of Evidence and Opinion

Steffi Friedrichs, AcumenIST, Brussels


14.50 Coffee Break


15.20 The Place of Ethical Aspects of Human Germline Editing at the Various Levels of Governance

Anne Cambon-Thomsen, University Toulouse III


16.00 Regulating Human Genes and Editing Norms: Analyzing Policy Approaches Governing Human Genome Editing

Rosario Isasi, Comparative Law and Bioethics, University of Miami


16.40 Final Remarks

Michael Boutros, German Cancer Research Center and Heidelberg University
Fruzsina Molnár-Gábor, Heidelberg Academy of Science and Humanities


17.00 Reception

Registration for the Symposium: here


The symposium is part of an international Marsilius Winter School on the same topic funded by the BMBF.




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