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The Francis Crick Institute will open the UK’s first exhibition dedicated to exploring public attitudes towards genome editing.

Cut + Paste will explore the ethical issues surrounding genome editing and its potential applications, inviting visitors to reflect on questions including: ● Should genome editing be used to avoid or treat 'severe' conditions? If so, who gets to decide which conditions are ‘severe’? ● If genome editing in plants or animals could help to reduce hunger, malnutrition or climate change, would you support it? ● Should genome editing be used to create human 'enhancements'? How can 'enhancement' be defined? ● Genome editing has the power to shape the future. Whose vision of the future should it be?

Through a series of hands-on activities created by The Liminal Space, visitors to one of Europe’s largest biomedical research institutes will be given a glimpse of future science and society. Visitors will be encouraged to share their thoughts and reflect on how scientific tools might be used in different scenarios, today and in years to come.

The exhibition will take place within sight of laboratories where researchers are already using genome editing technologies every day to study health and disease, including fertility, brain development, cancer, tuberculosis, malaria, COVID-19, and many more topics.