ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting: Welcome addresses


Welcome addresses by Hervé Chneiweiss (INSERM Ethics Committee, Paris, France), Faten Hidri (vice-President High Education & Research, Région Île-de-France) and Lluis Montoliu (CNB-CSIC and CIBERER-ISCIII, Madrid, Spain). ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting was held on 23 March 2018 at the Région Île-de-France Parliament, in Paris, France.

ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting video files available from the new ARRIGE YouTube channel. All 21 video files can be played and watched in the correct order through the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube Play List.

More information about ARRIGE can be obtained from the ARRIGE web site.

All video files from the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris available through the ARRIGE YouTube channel


ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting YouTube PlayList now available from the ARRIGE YouTube channel. You can enjoy listening and revisiting all 21 video files from the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting, played in correct order, strictly reproducing all sessions, speaker’s presentations and comments from participants. Venue was the Île-de-France regional Parliament in Paris on 23 March 2018. Many thanks to INSERM and to Region Île-de-France for these useful video files.

Slides available from all presentations at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting

Slides from all presentations delivered by invited guest speakers at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris on 23 March 2018 are ready and available from the corresponding ARRIGE meeting web page.

Slides from all presentations delivered by invited guest speakers at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris on 23 March 2018 are ready and available for consultation from the corresponding ARRIGE meeting web page. These slides have been generously shared by the speakers. Please contact the corresponding speaker if you would like to refer, cite or use any of these materials. Tomorrow we will release the corresponding video files for all sessions and talks at the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris.

Basic information about ARRIGE and how to join

ARRIGE Presentation document (March 2018) – Working document

Basic information about the ARRIGE initiative can be obtained from this Presentation document (March 2014), prepared by the ARRIGE Steering Committee. This is a working document.

How to join ARRIGE?
The ARRIGE initiative was launched in Paris on 23 March 2018. However, the association does not exist yet, formally speaking. Currently, we are working hard preparing all the administrative and legal paperwork required to officially register ARRIGE as an international non-for-profit organization in France, with the great help and commitment from members of the INSERM Ethics Committee. In the meantime we have activated a communication channel, a discussion email list, where all interested individuals and organizations that would like to help and contribute to the foundation of ARRIGE, and/or to eventually become members of the association, are kindly invited to join. If you would like to join ARRIGE please send us a message to join@arrige.org and we will register your email address in the ARRIGE discussion email list.

The CRISPR web at CNB: a web repository of CRISPR information and publications

The CRISPR-Cas system from bacteria transformed into a most efficient genome editing tool.

Anyone interested in the prokaryotic origins of the CRISPR systems and their transformation into the most efficient ever known genome editing tools should consider visiting this CRISPR web page at CNB-CSIC, maintained by Lluis Montoliu. This is a most useful and regularly updated web repository of publications, information, history, protocols, procedures, talks, videos, etc… all about CRISPR and their use as genome editing tool in a variety of applications.

The ARRIGE initiative featured in Science magazine

Image from istock.com illustrating the article by Martin Enserink in Science magazine on the ARRIGE initiative

Science magazine is featuring the ARRIGE initiative in an interesting article by Martin Enserink. The journalist talked to Hervé Chneiweiss, Peter Mills and Lluís Montoliu on the past Friday ARRIGE kick-off meeting in Paris, and also contacted Sheila Jassanoff, who had presented a similar global proposal for genome editing governance in another article published in Nature last week.

Taking seriously the anthropological and societal impact of genome editing technologies

Mylène Botbol-Baum, INSERM Ethics Committee and Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.

The ethicist Mylène Botbol-Baum, from the Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, and member of the INSERM Ethics Committee, delivered an interesting lecture at the recent ARRIGE kick-off meeting in Paris. Her talk was on ‘Taking seriously the anthropological and societal impact of genome editing technologies’ where she presented several aspects on the conversation of genome editing with the Society. She referred to the common use of metaphores and the conflict of narratives when trying to communicate these scientific advances.

Ewa Bartnik reviewed at the ARRIGE kick-off meeting in Paris the many current reports already published on the Ethics issues and global governance of genome editing

Ewa Bartnik, University of Warsaw, Poland. Former rapporteur UNESCO ICB

Ewa Bartnik (University of Warsaw, Poland) reviewed the multiple reports and documents already published on the subject, with positions from other groups, agencies, societies, associations, councils and governmental bodies on the associated Ethics aspects of genome editing technologies and their impact in human beings, animals, plants and the environment. At the ARRIGE kick-off meeting in Paris, Ewa Bartnik updated her previous presentation on this matter which she had nicely prepared for the November 2017 meeting in Paris too.

Francis Mojica delivered a keynote lecture on the origins of CRISPR systems and their applications at the recent ARRIGE kick-off meeting in Paris

Francis Mojica, microbiologist from the University of Alicante (Spain) who discovered the CRISPR arrays in archaea, coined the name of CRISPR and first proposed that this was a prokaryote acquired immune defense system.

The recent ARRIGE kick-off meeting in Paris had the pleasure to have Francisco Juan Martínez Mojica (Francis Mojica), microbiologist from the University of Alicante (Spain), delivering the first keynote lecture of the conference. In his very interesting talk, Francis Mojica reviewed the origins of the CRISPR systems in prokaryotes, as part of an ancient acquired immune defense system, and their recent conversion into powerful genome editing tools. He is convinced that we are just beginning to understand the unexpected complexity of bacterial immune systems. CRISPR could be just one of many, yet to be identified and described. There is a great future ahead in the field of Molecular Microbiology for discovering new CRISPR and CRISPR-like systems that could be transformed and adapted for the efficient and safe manipulation of genomes, including the human genome.

Delegates from more than 35 countries attended the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting

Delegates from 35 countries attending the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris
Delegates from 35 countries attending the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris

At the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting, participant delegates came from more than 35 countries all over the world, including most countries from Europe, and some countries from Asia, Africa and America, from North-America, through Central-America and South-America. This was a most successful event triggering the interest of a large variety of institutions, individuals and diverse stakeholders, with an interest in the responsible use of genome editing technologies.

Welcome reception for the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris

Welcome reception for the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris

Hervé Chneiweiss, President of the INSERM Ethics Committee and member of the Organizing Steering Committee welcomes all participants attending the ARRIGE Kick-Off meeting in Paris, held at the venue of the Région Île-de-France. The reception took place on 22 March 2018.