Ethics Reflection Assignment


Ethics Reflection Assignment



In this assignment, you are being asked to reflect on ethical considerations that have arisen as a result of recent breakthroughs in gene editing technologies, including CRISPR-Cas9-based methods. Follow these steps to complete this assignment:


  1. Read the following articles (pdfs available below):
    • “Once science fiction, gene editing is now a looming reality” – New York Times
    • “Despite controversy, human studies of CRISPR move forward in the US” – Scientific American


  1. Reflect on what you read and consider the following question:
    • “Why (or why not) should gene editing be explored as a possible treatment for inherited human diseases?”


  1. In a 300-500 word essay, summarize your thoughts on this ethical dilemma, considering your own and other possible viewpoints on this topic.

The final assignment grade will be worth 15% of your final grade, broken down by the following criteria:

  • 20/100: Follows Assignment Directions
  • 20/100 points: Grammar and Professional Presentation
  • 20/100 points: Maintains Academic Integrity
  • 40/100 points: Clinical Ethics Professionalism