An emerging dilemma in bioethics concerns novel genome editing technologies capable of altering ecosystems. Such interventions, deployed in the shared space of the environment, should only be initiated if acceptable to the communities involved. But what does “acceptable” entail? By what process should scientists and communities jointly make decisions from the earliest stages of project planning? This project will explore the suitability of the reciprocity-based concept of “Responsive Science” as a model for community consent and community decision-making during the development and real-world testing of novel ecological interventions.
The following grant proposal has been awarded. Research on "A mutually responsive approach to developing technologies that alter shared ecosystems" began January of 2017.