February 17, 2017

The Public Should Have a Say in Allowing Modification of Our Germline Genetic Code

(Scientific American) – The report suggests limitations on genetic engineering to the heritable “germline” code of embryos, or even earlier upstream in the process, sperm and ovum, which convey information passed on to subsequent generations. However, the report appears to … Read More

February 15, 2017

Ethicists Advise Caution in Applying CRISPR Gene Editing to Humans

(The Washington Post) – The report did not recommend an absolute prohibition of gene editing on the human “germline” if such interventions can be proved safe. This would involve genetic changes to eggs, sperm or embryos that would persist in … Read More

February 14, 2017

U.S. Science Advisors Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

(Scientific American) – Scientists should be permitted to modify human embryos destined for implantation in the womb to eliminate devastating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia or cystic fibrosis — once gene-editing techniques advance sufficiently for use in people and … Read More

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