05 November 2021 Volume :9 Issue :47

Law Academic Appointed to the Board of the Association for Responsible Research and Innovation in Genome Editing

Law Academic Appointed to the Board of the Association for Responsible Research and Innovation in Genome Editing
Dr Sheetal Soni.

Bioethics, Medical and Reproductive Technology Law expert Dr Sheetal Soni has been appointed to the Board of the Association for Responsible Research and Innovation in Genome Editing (ARRIGE).

The Association, which is based in Paris but has interdisciplinary members from across the world, promotes the responsible use and global governance of genome editing.

Soni will serve for three years. She was appointed following a voting process after a candidacy campaign.

‘A focal point of my candidacy campaign was to represent the Global South and foster relations between the Association and stakeholders in Africa. ARRIGE is one of a few international initiatives in relation to genome editing, and it is important that the interests of the Global South are represented, and that these stakeholders participate in discussions surrounding the regulation of genome editing,’ she said.

Having being part of ARRIGE since its inception in 2018, Soni is excited about her appointment.

‘Election to the Board of ARRIGE is an important step in my career to further nurture networks and provides me with an opportunity to put my research into practice and to conduct further research in the field. I already sit on expert panels of the Academic of Sciences (South Africa) as well as the Network of African Science Academies for the regulation of genome editing. It is an honour to serve on the board and represent South Africa and the Global South,’ she said.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photograph: Supplied


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