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Let us know what you think

Our expert panel on gene editing wants to hear your thoughts on any of the points below, either on the potential use of gene editing in pest control, healthcare or on gene editing more generally.

Pest control

  • Should gene drives be part of New Zealand’s tool box for pest control?
  • What issues are you most concerned about in relation to gene drives?
  • Are gene drives an appropriate approach for insects such as wasps?
  • Are gene drives an appropriate approach for mammals such as possums, rats and stoats?
  • Do you prefer pest control activities that kill pests, or activities that reduce pest fertility?
  • Does the fact that gene drives are created using gene editing techniques impact on your consideration of their use?
  • Should gene editing be considered in other areas of conservation, for example by creating resistance to threatening diseases in native species, or removing genetic diseases from endangered species?

View the discussion paper on gene editing for pest control.

Healthcare

  • What would this technology mean for you and your whānau/family?
  • Should gene editing form part of our healthcare options?
  • What do you think about gene editing in humans when it cannot be passed onto future generations?
  • What do you think about gene editing in humans when it can be passed onto future generations?
  • Would you be more inclined to support gene editing if it provided more cost effective treatments than currently available?
  • What limits, if any, would you want on gene editing in humans?
  • Who should make the decisions about when to allow gene editing to occur in humans?

View the discussion paper on healthcare.

Gene editing

  • What do you know about gene editing?
  • What would you like to know about gene editing?
  • What would this technology mean for you and your whānau/family?
  • Are you comfortable with gene editing in general?
  • Should there be limits on its use and what would they be?

Tell us what you think

Send your feedback to Dr Marc Rands (marc.rands@royalsociety.org.nz).