From Reading To Writing Genes

From Reading to Writing Genes brought together attendees from across the Church with world-leading scientists, explored issues related to genetic medicines and technologies, and asked how genetics are important for understanding our humanity.

Prof Kathy Niakan is a group leader at the Francis Crick Institute and an expert in human developmental and stem cell biology. She is Mary Marshall and Arthur Walton Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Centre for Trophoblast Research and Chair of Cambridge Reproduction.

 

Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, CBE FRS FMedSci is senior group leader and Head of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute. He is most famous for his discovery, along with Peter Goodfellow, of the SRY gene on the Y-chromosome that is the determinant of sex in mammals.

 

Dr Celia Deane-Drummond is Senior Research Fellow in Theology at Campion Hall, Oxford. She began her career with a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, followed by a doctorate and postdoctoral and teaching experience in plant physiology. She is co-editor of the international journal Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, and Trustee of the International Society for Science and Religion.

 

Dr Philip Ball is a science writer. He worked at Nature for over 20 years, first as an editor for physical sciences and then as a Consultant Editor. His writings on science have covered topical issues including race, genetics and genetic reductionism.

 

 

 

Revd Dr Brendan McCarthy is the National Advisor on Medical Ethics and Health and Social Care Policy for the Church of England. He has contributed to At the End of the Day: Church of England Perspectives on End of Life Issues and is a priest in the Church of Ireland.

 

 

Revd Dr Lucas Mix has a PhD in evolutionary biology from Harvard. His past work includes research on astrobiology and historical life concepts. A priest in the Episcopal Church (USA), he is Project Co-ordinator for ECLAS and is currently on secondment as the Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation in Washington DC.

 

 

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Video Resources

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Genetics in Public Awareness – Dr Philip Ball

A presentation from our’ ‘From Reading to Writing Genes’ conference about how genetics are understood by the public.

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Science-Engaged Theology, Genetics, and Public Life – Bishop Richard Cheetham

Bishop Richard Cheetham traces public narratives of science and religion in relation to genetics.

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The History of Biology-Engaged Theology and the Rise of Genes – Revd Dr Lucas Mix

Revd Dr Lucas Mix explores some key theological concepts informed by genetic advances. A presentation from our conference ‘From Reading to Writing Genes’ in January 2022.

Lecture Ethics
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Public Understanding, Public Theology and Church Policy Moving Forward – Revd Dr Brendan McCarthy

The Church of England’s National Adviser on Health and Medical Ethics gives an overview of an ethical framework developed to tackle challenges in public life, including genetic technologies.

Webinar Ethics
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How is the Francis Crick Institute communicating and carrying out scientific research?

Three short talks from our conference ‘From Reading to Writing Genes’ in January 2022. Rosie Waldron, Head of Public Engagement, discusses outreach and schools work done by Crick scientists. Dr Margarida Cordoso Moreira talks us through

Webinar Ethics
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Governance of Human Genome Editing – Dr Robin Lovell Badge

Dr Robin Lovell Badge from the Francis Crick Institute gives an in-depth look at current regulation of human genome editing, including his experience of interviewing Chinese scientist Dr He Jiankui in 2018 about his secretive genome

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From Reading to Editing Genes – Prof Kathy Niakan

Prof Kathy Niakan of the Francis Crick Institute gives an overview of key gene editing technologies and some of the risks and benefits associated with each.

Webinar Ethics
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Human Being and Becoming: Practical Wisdom and the Ethical Challenges of Gene Editing – Dr Celia Deane-Drummond

A keynote presentation from the ECLAS conference ‘From Reading to Writing Genes’ on applying Aquinas’ ideas for practical wisdom to the ethical challenges of human genome editing

Webinar BIBLE
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