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MORES Hot Topic Webinar (2022/2023)

The Master of Health Research Ethics (MOHRE) Programme, jointly developed by the Faculty of Medicine of the Universiti Malaya and the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, proudly presented a session of our Hot Topics in Research Ethics Webinar Series. The session, titled "Ethics of Gene Editing and Genetic Selection," featured Professor Julian Savulescu, FAHMS, from the National University of Singapore, as the esteemed speaker.

During this webinar, Professor Savulescu, a renowned figure in the field of bioethics, delved into the intriguing realm of gene editing and genetic selection. The comparison between gene editing of human beings and genetic selection of embryos was examined, along with an exploration of the enhancement revolution and its implications. The session also addressed the moral obligation to pursue research in human gene editing, taking into consideration the principle of "procreative beneficence" when selecting the best child. Moreover, Professor Savulescu outlined a translational pathway for ethically justified first-in-human trials of gene editing and evaluated the recent calls for a moratorium on gene editing.

We extend our sincere appreciation to all the participants and attendees of this event. The recording of the webinar can be accessed on the webpage of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. For further information or any inquiries regarding our program, please feel free to contact us via email at mohre@um.edu.my