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Gene editing of farm animals is next for Nuffield scrutiny

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has begun an inquiry into the potential applications of genome editing in farmed animals, covering everything from animal health and welfare to the safety of the food produced.

The inquiry, the third in a series looking at the ethics of genome editing, will be chaired by John Dupré, a professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Exeter.

According to the council, genome editing in animals such as pigs, chickens and sheep has “opened up completely new areas of research that could have significant societal, economic and political implications”.

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