Scientists edit mutation from genes in human embryos

Renewed concerns over designer babies

Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study published on Wednesday. The research marks a major milestone and, while a long way from clinical use, it raises the prospect that gene editing may one day protect babies from a variety … [Read more...]

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Will editing your baby’s genes soon become mandatory?

Writer predicts that in the near future the United States will arrest, try, and convict parents who refuse to edit the genes of their child before birth

Designing a baby, or editing the genes of an unborn child, strikes many as risky, unseemly, unnatural, unethical, or likely to lead to a dystopian future of one sort or another. Still, I predict that within my lifetime, the United States will arrest, try, and convict some parents for refusing to edit the genes of their child before he or she is born. Legislative majorities do … [Read more...]

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