Dr. Knoepfler is a biologist and genomics researcher who is also interested in bioethics and policy research. He is particularly focused on issues related to innovative technologies such as stem cells and CRISPR genetic modification in humans. He has written two books on these topics: Stem Cells: An Insider’s GuideandGMO Sapiens: The Life-Changing Science of Designer Babies. In addition, he has been running The Niche blog on stem cells and other technologies for more than eight years, which in part serves as a check on predatory, for-profit stem cell clinics. He helped to develop California’s new law on stem cell clinics that requires the businesses to post notices to patients. His TED talk on the potential use of CRISPR in humans to make designer babies has more than 1.2 million views and he was recently on Bill Nye’s new show as a guest panelist on the same topic. Another continuing effort is on educational outreach on stem cells and science including in languages other than English.
Paul Knoepfler, Ph.D.
The CRISPR Babies Story
Read expert commentary on the CRISPR baby story by Ethic Commons faculty:
Paul Knoepfler, Gene editing: sloppy definitions mislead
Paul Knoepfler, We need a temporary moratorium on using gene editing to create babies
- Paul Knoepfler, Trying to connect the dots on CRISPR baby story paints a dark, cloudy picture
- Paul Knoepfler, Why CRISPR baby production (if it happened) was unethical & dangerous
- Mark Yarborough, Who missed the chance to stop the CRISPR babies scientist? Look in the mirror
Tina Rulli, The Case Against Public Investment in Reproductive Genetic Modification
- Francoise Baylis & Lisa Ikemoto, The Council of Europe and the prohibition on human germline genome editing