In 2017 the Biochemical Society created a hands-on activity on the topic of Genome Editing, aimed at a non-specialist family audience, called “Scientific Scissors”. The activity introduces the basic concepts of Genome Editing through a simple game involving a tower of Jenga blocks to illustrate the genome, and then moves on to discuss the ethical implications of the potential applications of genome editing technologies using a set of cards. To enable others to run the activity, the Biochemical Society prepared accompanying documentation containing guidance notes, background information, hints and tips on how to use the resources, and links for further information, which may be downloaded here: https://bit.ly/2BJEysJ
To expand the reach of “Scientific Scissors”, and with the support of FEBS, the Biochemical Society has produced a video series aimed at researchers to encourage them to take part in public engagement with genome editing. Including the participation of
Dr Andrew Bassett (Head of Research, Cellular Operations, Wellcome Sanger Institute), Dr Steve Scott (Senior Public Engagement Coordinator, Wellcome Genome Campus Public Engagement), Dr Helen O'Neill (Lecturer in Reproductive and Molecular Genetics, Institute for Women's Health / University College London), Dr Güneş Taylor (Postdoctoral Researcher, Francis Crick Institute), Nick Meade (Director of Policy, Genetic Alliance UK), Dr Emma Martinez Sanchez (Public Engagement Officer, ORION Project, Babraham Institute), Professor Johnathan Napier (Flagship Leader, Rothamsted Research) and Tabitha Jenkins (PhD Student, University of Nottingham, these six videos provide additional information on the main topics and particularities of the public understanding of Genome Editing, including:
Why engage the public with Genome Editing?
Who should you engage with?
What conversations should you be having?
How can you use language to communicate Genome Editing?
How do you discuss the ethical issues involved?
Case study: Scientific Scissors