Earlier this month, Dr Rebekah McWhirter presented at two meetings in Edinburgh: the 13th World Congress of Bioethics, and a Satellite Symposium hosted by ELSI2.0 and EuCelLEX.
The Congress took place 14-17 June, hosted by the International Association of Bioethics, and examined the contribution of bioethics to individuals, public interests and public goods. McWhirter presented work on the challenges and implications of sharing (or not sharing) Indigenous genomes in research.
The Satellite Symposium was held on 14 June at the University of Edinburgh. McWhirter’s presentation “Exclusion of indigenous peoples from genomics: when ELSI goes awry” examined the effect of ELSI research on the practice of genomic research with Indigenous communities in Australia. This symposium had a particular focus on the ethical and legal issues associated with gene editing technologies, and these discussions raised some interesting questions for the CLG’s gene editing workshop to explore further in November.