Illness or Identity? A Disability Rights Scholar Comments on the Plan to Use CRISPR to Prevent Deafness | Center for Genetics and Society

Illness or Identity? A Disability Rights Scholar Comments on the Plan to Use CRISPR to Prevent Deafness

By Katie Hasson
| 09.10.2019

Biopolitical Times

https://www.geneticsandsociety.org/biopolitical-times/illness-or-identi…

Jackie Leach Scully is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Disability Innovation Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. When news broke that Denis Rebrikov was planning to use CRISPR to edit a hereditary mutation that leads to deafness, CGS asked her to share her perspective on this development as a scholar in the disability rights community. You can read more from Professor Scully on the topic of Rebrikov’s proposed experiment here.

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