Advances in genome editing tools outpace the capability of domestic and international security communities to coordinate and develop evidence-based policies for responsible research and application of these tools.

The 2017 international workshop, Assessing the Security Implications of Genome Editing, launched a global conversation about potential security concerns posed by genome editing technologies. One question that arose is whether technology advances will facilitate the ability of a broader range of people to use, or potentially misuse, genome editing tools.

Building upon the discussions at the international workshop, this webinar explored how non-traditional research communities like the International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition (iGEM) and the DIYbio community laboratories, are addressing security questions with innovative new programs that promote responsible conduct of research.