Upcoming Public Meeting and Webcast about Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques

Last week, I wrote about the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) recent report “Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: Ethical, Social, and Policy Considerations.” 

A public discussion of this report, with an accompanying webcast, has been scheduled for March 21, 2016, beginning at 1:30 pm Eastern time, in Washington, D.C.

Here is a link to the webpage for the meeting.  That page includes a separate link to register to attend the meeting, either in person or by webcast.  There is a separate link for submitting, in advance, questions about the IOM report, and a link to the report is also provided.  Registration appears to be widely open, and it is easy, with very limited information requested of the registrant.

Meaningful public discussions of topics like this are crucial.  But getting a truly full, engaged public conversation actually done is a tall order.  Folks have time, think they can’t grasp the issues, or are just not engaged.  And so the conversation is relatively limited to the experts and a small slice of the interested public.  One might hope for a sustained series of high profile discussions across the country in which there is a push to get people to pay attention.  But how realistic is that?  As it stands, the March 21 event is certainly welome.  I can’t travel to D.C. but hope to join the webcast.

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