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Genome Editing Artwork: 'Teaser Trailer' Now Available

The teaser for Emilia Tikka's speculative artwork based on concepts of genome editing is available here . © Emilia Tikka Emilia Tikka has spent the last two months as the Artist in Residence at Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC). She has been working closely...

Can public opinion shape the future of genome editing?

Who hasn’t heard about genome editing in the last few years? With over 10.000 PubMed entries, it is unsurprising that the scientific community and beyond are familiar with the term. The latest tool in the genome editing kit, CRISPR-Cas, allows scientists to make changes in the genetic material of a cell or an entire organism in a way that is easier, cheaper and faster than any previous genome editing technology.

What do Europeans think about life sciences research?

Our new report "Public attitudes to life sciences research in six European countries" shows that interest in life sciences research is generally high among citizens and that the three most accepted purposes of using genome editing are related to the medical field. 6000 persons were interviewed in this pan-European study which was led by the ORION partners VA in Sweden and CEITEC in the Czech Republic.

Let’s make science open! Meet us at ESOF 2018 in Toulouse

The aim with ORION is to explore ways in which research and funding organisations in life sciences and biomedicine can open up the way they fund, organise, and practice research. We have recently conducted a study in six European countries about the public’s attitudes toward Open Science and genome editing. At ESOF 2018 we would like to have your views.

Exploring public opinion on genome editing

At the core of the ORION project is co-creation, which involves collaborating with different groups of people (public, policy, industry) to come up with new ideas to support and increase the impact of scientific research. Over the next two years the Babraham Institute, together with MDC in Germany, VA in Sweden, and CEITEC in the Czech Republic will launch a co-creation exercise on emerging technologies.

What would you reveal for research?

Dr Luiza Bengtsson and Dr Emma Harris of the ORION Training Team together with their fellow MDC scientists Professor Uwe Ohler and Dr Philipp Boß held a citizen science session about their research topics at the re:publica conference in Berlin in May and discovered the fears and fascination sharing health data holds for the public.

Open Call Launched for Artist Residency on Genome Editing

The State Festival in partnership with the Max-Delbrück-Centre for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association and the ORION project are bringing science and art together by launching an Open Call for an Artist Residency on the topic of Genome Editing. As part of the work of the ORION project to...

What will you choose from the ORION Co-Creation Menu?

Co-creation experiments and experiences are at the heart of the ORION project, bringing together multiple stakeholders from academia, industry, policy and citizens at all points of the research lifecycle. As an initial step the Babraham Institute ORION team looked for inspiration for their co-creation experiments from previous engagement tools and methods that have been used to bring together different actors from society.

Funding initiative: ORION Citizen Science Call

The H2020 ORION project has opened a call for grant proposals on citizen science to support research activities in life sciences and biomedicine that enable scientists and citizens to work together with the ultimate goal to generate new scientific knowledge, using collectively their expertise, skills, technology, curiosity and motivation. The...