File UA-53.2019-033 - Articles and videos about gene editing and ethics

First CRISPR babies : Where are our ethics? Why we are not ready for genetically designed babies

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Articles and videos about gene editing and ethics

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  • 2018 (Creation)
    Baylis, Françoise

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12 p. of textual records ; 22 x 28 cm. - 1.95 MB of textual records. - 4 videos

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Françoise Baylis is a Canadian bioethicist whose work is at the intersection of applied ethics, health policy and practice. The focus of her research is on issues of women's health and assisted reproductive technologies, while her research and publication record also extends to topics such as research involving humans (including human embryo research), gene editing, novel genetic technologies, public health, the role of bioethics consultants and neuroethics. She works as a public intellectual who regularly engages with print, radio, television and online media, and she is a frequent commentator on CBC Radio and Radio-Canada.

Baylis was born in Montreal in 1961. She holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University (1983), and an MA (1984) and PhD (1989) in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario. In 1996 she came to Dalhousie University as an Associate Professor in the Office of Bioethics Education and Research (later the Department of Bioethics), and in 2004 she was appointed Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy. She is currently appointed to the Faculty of Medicine, with cross-appointments in both Philosophy and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Baylis is the founder and leader (since 2003) of Novel Tech Ethics (now NTE Impact Ethics), an interdisciplinary research team based at Dalhousie University.

In 2007 Baylis was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Other notable career achievements include being named to the Who's Who in Black Canada and the Canadian Who's Who; holding three Governor-in-Council appointments, including membership in the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee (1999-2001); serving as a member of Governing Council, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2001-2004); sitting on the Board of Directors, Assisted Human Reproduction Canada (2006-2010); serving as the Royal Society of Canada Academic Secretary (Academy I) and the Atlantic Steering Committee Chair (2012-2015); and holding a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Bioethics and Philosophy (2004-2018). In 2016 Professor Baylis was inducted into both the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.

Further details of her scholarly and professional activity can be found at

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Accession 2019-033 was donated by Françoise Baylis from Novel Tech Ethics at Dalhousie University.

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File contains printed and digital copies of "First CRISPR babies: Where are our ethics?" by Francoise Baylis, from the Impact Ethics website; "Why we are not ready for genetically designed babies" by Baylis, Graham Dellaire, and Landon J. Getz, from The Conversation website; and "Jiankui He: A Sorry Tale of High-Stakes Science" by Getz, Dellaire, and Baylis, from the Hastings Center website. The file also contains a memory USB stick with four videos created by or featuring Francoise Baylis, including "Francoise Baylis: 'You Can't Pretend to be God': Experts Condemn Claimed Gene Editing of Babies"; "Francoise Baylis: The Ethics of CRISPR-cas9 Gene Editing Technology"; "The Body Economy: Human Eggs in the Marketplace"; and "The Body Economy: Surrogacy in the Marketplace." The videos are accompanied by a printed document with metadata about the videos.

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