The Nuffield Council on Bioethics invites tenders to deliver an online public dialogue on genome editing in farmed animals.

We are currently running a major inquiry into the ethical and social issues raised by genome editing in farmed animals. Genome editing is the precise, targeted modification of a DNA sequence in a living cell. Genome editing of farmed animals is one of the most near-term, but least discussed applications of the technology. It has a range of potential applications in farmed animal breeding, although some applications have given rise to significant concerns about possible impacts on animal welfare and farming practices.

As part of this work, we want to engage members of the public in a deliberative dialogue to explore what they feel are the main considerations that should determine how genome editing is used in farmed animals. Our hope is to create an opportunity for their views to inform the thinking of the Council and the wider policy debate.

The invitation to tender is available here. The closing date for applications is 19 April 2021. If you have any questions about the tender process, please contact Arzoo Ahmed (Public Dialogue Project Lead) on