Afterword: Governing Gene Editing
A Constitutional Conversation
ByStephen Hilgartner
Pages 8

The rise of gene editing technologies such as CRISPR and gene drives has significantly increased the ability of humans to edit genomes, making it much easier to alter the human germline and to genetically change populations of organisms in the wild. These developments raise the questions: what mechanisms should be used to govern gene editing technology, and who should decide and through what process? This Afterword explores how nine scholarly chapters, assembled within this cutting-edge volume, Gene Editing, Law, and the Environment, address such questions. It argues that the discussion about gene editing should be understood as akin to a constitutional conversation in which basic principles for ordering science and society are being negotiated.