Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits
March 20, 2015
A new technology called CRISPR could allow scientists to alter the human genetic code for generations. That’s causing some leading biologists and bioethicists to sound an alarm. They’re calling for a worldwide moratorium on any attempts to alter the code, at least until there’s been time for far more research and discussion.
The big worry is that CRISPR and other techniques will be used to perform germline genetic modification.
Another concern is that this could open the door to what people call designer babies.
CRISPR gene editing produces unwanted DNA deletions
DNA-cutting enzyme used for genetic modification can create large deletions and shuffle genes.
16 July 2018