Earlier this year, the NC State University, GES Center, Keystone Policy Center and the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes organized a two-day workshop to explore different perspectives on the development of a gene drive mouse for restoring biodiversity on islands. The report about the workshop is now available online and aims to inform ongoing discussions about governance and engagement practices in the case of emerging technologies.
The event called “Exploring Stakeholder Perspectives on the Development of a Gene Drive Mouse for Biodiversity Protection” brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, scientists, funders, and leaders in Raleigh, North Carolina (USA). Participants discussed issues related to stakeholder engagement, such as whether a gene drive organism should be created and under what conditions, among other issues. The initiative also included a landscape analysis, which consisted of interviewing various stakeholders to understand their interests, values, and concerns about developing a gene drive mouse to reduce biodiversity loss in islands.