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    Genome editing: the dynamics of continuity, convergence, and change in the engineering of life

    Martin, Paul and Morrison, Michael and Turkmendag, Ilke and Nerlich, Brigitte and McMahon, Aisling and de Saille, Stevienna and Bartlett, Andrew (2020) Genome editing: the dynamics of continuity, convergence, and change in the engineering of life. New Genetics and Society, 39 (2). pp. 219-242. ISSN 1463-6778

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    Genome editing enables very accurate alterations to DNA. It promises profound and potentially disruptive changes in healthcare, agriculture, industry, and the environment. This paper presents a multidisciplinary analysis of the contemporary development of genome editing and the tension between continuity and change. It draws on the idea that actors involved in innovation are guided by “sociotechnical regimes” composed of practices, institutions, norms, and cultural beliefs. The analysis focuses on how genome editing is emerging in different domains and whether this marks continuity or disruption of the established biotechnology regime. In conclusion, it will be argued that genome editing is best understood as a technology platform that is being powerfully shaped by this existing regime but is starting to disrupt the governance of biotechnology. In the longer term is it set to converge with other powerful technology platforms, which together will fundamentally transform the capacity to engineer life.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Cite as: Paul Martin, Michael Morrison, Ilke Turkmendag, Brigitte Nerlich, Aisling McMahon, Stevienna de Saille & Andrew Bartlett (2020) Genome editing: the dynamics of continuity, convergence, and change in the engineering of life, New Genetics and Society, 39:2, 219-242, DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2020.1730166
    Keywords: genome editing; sociotechnical regime; technology platform;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 15656
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    Depositing User: Aisling McMahon
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 17:28
    Journal or Publication Title: New Genetics and Society
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis Open Access
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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