CRISPR Babies, IVF and the Ethics of Genetic Class Warfare
December 17, 2018
(Wired) – In reality, we make genetic decisions all the time, in ways that are already subtly altering the people who make up society. It might seem strange to group He’s experiment alongside the more common genetic procedures parents use to ensure their offspring don’t inherit diseases. Yet both exist within a system in which—generally—only the economically privileged are able to pay for treatment to alter the traits that their offspring will and won’t inherit. The danger isn’t in the procedure itself, but who has access to this type of medicine—and right now that group is limited to those who can pay.