Ethical Delphi on the new breeding methods in Austria. Understanding dissent. Asking for consensus.

Supported by the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection.

Duration: 1.9.2018 - 28.2.2019

Project leader: Univ-Prof. Dr. Herwig Grimm, Messerli Research Institute, Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies (Vetmeduni Vienna, University of Vienna, Medical University of Vienna)

Substantive leadership: Dr. Christian Dürnberger, Messerli Research Institute, Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies (Vetmeduni Vienna, University of Vienna, Medical University of Vienna)

Cooperation partner: Institute of Philosophy, Chair of Applied Ethics, Professor Angela Kallhoff


New breeding methods – such as CRISPR/Cas – are revolutionizing both plant breeding and animal breeding. In many of these methods, no foreign genes or gene constructs are introduced into a genetic material, but the existing genetic material is edited. The “Ethical Delphi” interviews relevant stakeholders of the debate in Austria in several survey waves on these new technologies. The survey focuses on two issues:

(1) Key goods and values in the debate;
(2) Desirable and undesirable future scenarios around the new breeding methods in Austria.

The overarching aim is to make the positions within the discussion visible and to work out on which points there is consensus – and how the dissent on other questions is ethically justified.

  

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